Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT)
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryCHAT is a community based organization that was developed to support remote, undeserved poor communities of northern Kenya. The organization works to mitigate suffering and poverty by providing integrated mobile health services to these often nomadic and marginalized communities.
CHAT works with a range of partners in order to create a strong and sustainable means for these "forgotten" communities to access health care and health education.
Key program components
CHAT provides door-to-door service to those communities of the Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo and family planning services in locations in Meru, Molo, Rongai and Naivasha that have been previously underserved. CHAT operates in the form of a mobile clinic. One of the sole health care providers in the Samburu, Laikipia and Isiolo regions, the mobile clinic uses an integrated system of vehicles, camels, bicycles and walking methods to visit approximately 36 different communities each month. Staffed with two nurses and a driver, a well-recognized yellow Land Rover travels over 15,000 km annually. CHAT's approach is holistic, providing services inclusive of: * Reproductive health including CHAT's core service, family planning * Basic medical care, including treatment of malaria and TB * HIV/AIDS testing & counseling * Non antiretroviral & OI treatment to AIDS patients * Child immunizations * Health education Clinic staff gives lectures, demonstrations and video screenings to raise awareness of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and the dangers of female genital mutilation, usually to gender and/or age specific groups. CHAT works alongside 11 Community-Based Health Workers who mobilize individuals and raise awareness of the clinics schedule visits within their local community. As clinic staff are recruited locally they are familiar with, and sensitive to, the customs, traditions and languages of the many communities reached. Trained in HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and/or family planning, and TB defaulter tracing, the Community-Based Health Workers provide a point of continuity for clinic door to door services throughout the month. The clinic travels to the underserved communities using innovative mobiles, including camel caravans, adapted vehicles, bicycles, or by foot, depending on the terrain and infrastructure. The program serves an average of 75,000 people per year (~6,300 visits per month).
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