Country of Operation
- Kijani Kenya TrustNot-for-profit
- Gertrude's HospitalNot-for-profit
- Kenyan Ministry of HealthGovernment
SummaryKijani Trust and Gertrude's Children’s hospital have created the PEDPACT project to bring expert care and treatment to children living in hard to reach areas of the Laikipia East District. The project utilizes funds raised by Kijani and the pediatric clinical expertise of Gertrude’s Hospital.
Communities within the Laikipia District are isolated and among the poorest in the country. Furthermore, identifying adults and children with HIV in Laikipia East is difficult, as there remains a strong stigma towards those living with HIV, resulting in low rates of volunteer testing. The PEDPACT Project addresses issues related to reduced access to health due to poverty and lack of health infrastructure, stigma towards people living with HIV/AIDS, low rates of volunteer testing, and general lack of health care services.
Key program components
Using the existing local structures, Kijani Kenya Trust (KKT) and Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital (GCH) is partnering with the District Hospitals and other local stakeholders to improve Laikipia's health indicators and scale up the services offered by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The project's activities are as follows: * A doctor and paediatrician from Gertrude’s offer outreach clinics in rural, hard to reach community health facilities in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. Their clinical expertise supplement the care offered by the District nurses and community health workers in the clinics. The services offered are HIV counseling and testing, PMTCT, ANC, adult and pediatric ART, immunization, curative services, RH/FP and comprehensive care. * The project is also developing a Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) at District Hospital and Cottage Hospital in Nanyuki by building up the infrastructure (including the building of play areas for the children) and purchasing needed lab equipment. * The project also operates training programs, continual medical education workshops and a mentorship program to develop the skills of the health staff based in District Hospital and Ministry of Health clinics and dispensaries. It also aims to empower the community to create a demand for quality services. Expansion and community outreach activities has seen the number of patients accessing care double due to the improved health seeking behavior and knowledge. The project has also implemented a triage system where local healthcare providers attend to less severe cases and refer more complicated cases to the district hospitals. This has improved efficiency as patients spend less time at the outreach clinics and are able to go back to other activities. The services are offered to the patient for free, but are supported by the Kijani Trust. Because of the partnerships it has developed with other stakeholders, PEDPACT is able to provide quality drugs and services closer to the communities which have poor access to healthcare. The number of patients attended to has doubled due to expanded catchment area and proper community engagement and mobilization. In 2011, over 12,000 patients have received health services and health education. This has resulted in improved immunization coverage, reduced under fives mortality and lower HIV related morbidity and mortality.
Kijani Kenya Trust is a Kenya and UK-based registered charity that was set up in 2004 with a unique mission to raise money for HIV/AIDS and environmental conservation in Kenya. In November 2008, Kijani joined Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to run the PEDPACT project. The project utilizes funds raised by Kijani and the pediatric clinical expertise of Gertrude’s in order to bring expert care and treatment to children living in hard to reach areas of the Laikipia District.
This program treats 1000 patients per month.