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21 Community Health Promoters in Baringo trained to improve community health outcomes

Over 3 days in June So They Can assembled 21 Community Health Promoters (CHPs) that support our 2 partner health clinics in Tiaty East, a remote area of Baringo County.

The training, delivered by So They Can’s Program staff, was tailored to build on the CHPs existing knowledge, and increase their engagement in community health outreach. Especially in health sensitisation at the household-level to improve disease prevention and general health in their communities.

‘CHPs are the first line of contact in their communities. They are the most easily accessible people for health related matters, especially in their remote villages. Their role in community health is critical, their effectiveness can be the difference between life and death.’

James Wabara, Community Development Manager, So They Can Kenya and Training Facilitator

CHPs work directly with families and community leaders through community dialogues, counselling services, advocacy and social mobilisation. With the need for effective stakeholder engagement across these various platforms, developing good communication skills was a key component of the training.

‘The best part of my work has been seeing newborn mortality rates reduce significantly. I decided to become a CHP after seeing the need in our community. I wanted to spread the message about the importance of mothers giving birth in hospitals.’

Newton, CHP in Chesirimion since 2010.

CHPs also play a very important role in case finding, tracing and referral – effectively community surveillance in remote villages. They follow up on cases where community members have not had a TB vaccination, children have not been immunised, or expectant mothers require access to antenatal services. The training covered these aspects of their role.

‘I love working with mothers and newborns making sure they go to clinics as required, this gives me joy in my work as a CHP.’

Celestine, CHP in Chesirimion since 2010.

So They Can’s Community Health work in Baringo is generously supported by the Khan Foundation. Major infrastructure improvements have been completed at Chesirimion Clinic through our partnership, read more here.

Note: CHPs up until last year were referred to as Community Health Volunteers by the Government of Kenya. Not only a change in name, CHPs are to receive a monthly stipend paid by the national government (50%) and the county government (50%). While this has been implemented in some counties, including some parts of Baringo, it has not come into effect in  Tiaty East sub county where So They Can’s partner health facilities are located. We continue to liaise with the Ministry of Health about this issue.

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