Kageno is a non profit organization that aims to transform impoverished communities into places of opportunity and hope – through the development of self-sustaining community directed programs. The health program is among the many that increases the capacity of communities to deliver quality health services. The program operates two clinics in Rwanda and another in Kenya, where they offer clinical services and work to train local volunteers to become community health workers (CHK). The project places special emphasis on mothers and children, who often are the most vulnerable to disease and malnutrition.
In addition to delivering health services, it offers HIV/AIDS programs that provides information and services that stress prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV/AIDS (and other STDs), while also addressing the underlying factors that lead people to make choices that put them at risk of infection.
It also operates Voluntary Counseling and Testing (vct) centers in both Kenya and Rwanda. These centers not only provide access to counseling, testing, condoms,and antiretroviral treatment, but they also support those affected by HIV/AIDS by training local volunteers to become counselors, mentors, and monitors of community health. These efforts are linked with other Kageno programs, including an Orphan Assistance and Sponsorship Program that provides help for communities struggling to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Kageno's efforts in Rwanda have proven to be very successful in that the clinic will now have a gynecological table, two new scales, and a new microscope.They will also expand the scope of the clinic beyond a "post de santé" to include a laboratory, maternity center, acute dentistry and social services.
In Kenya funds have been provided to construct another health center to serve the Nyakweri beach community. The center is currently under construction and is expected to open in the spring 2011.