Sparksville Healthcare is a community based volunteer group made of young professionals, working with well wishers and other stakeholders to promote reproductive health amongst adolescent girls and women's health in resource limited settings. It is spearheaded by Mercy, a Public Health Specialist and a Reproductive Health champ who was a 2019 nominee for Bill and Melinda Gates SRH award (https://www.120under40.org/nominee/mercy-june-kiir...).
Currently our volunteer activities are in Mukuru slum, the second biggest slum in Kenya located within the capital city, Nairobi. At the start of Covid 19 in Kenya, in early February 2020, we initiated support to Mukuru kwa Njenga slum by routinely offering health talks on various topics to various groups but as the epidemic escalates, we have identified more pressing needs beyond advocacy that we seek to address immediately.
This critical funding will strengthen efforts to support women and girls, who find themselves disproportionately on the front lines battling this pandemic and will be hurt most by the virus, especially in the poorest and most fragile countries and worse in the informal set up like the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The pandemic is having a profound impact on women and girls, especially those living in abject poverty. Most of these, who have been the sole breadwinners in their homes, their source of livelihoods being daily wages of less than $1 per day has been put on hold by the Covid 19 movement restrictions.
Our immediate target area is, maintenance of personal and environmental health hence prevent disease outbreaks like diarrhoeal diseases, reproductive system complications, mental distress, other epidemics and even mitigate the spread of Covid 19. As limited healthcare resources are diverted to the crisis, there is a risk that women's health needs will be shortchanged. Women must have access to quality and safe health care, including environmental and reproductive health.
A global recession will hit hard for women and girls, yet they are often left out of decision making. Maintaining their mental sanity and physical health during the endemic must be a priority as economic rebuilding begins.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
Personal: We will focus on provision of monthly supply of sanitary towels to adolescent girls and women in each home during this Covid 19 peak season. Approximately 100, already identified woman-led households will benefit from the donations for the next 6 months. Advocacy will be to teach them, how to maintain sanitary cleanliness - use and proper disposal of sanitary.
Environment: We will educate on general environmental cleanliness. The existing Assisted community health volunteers will also train other women on home soap making using chemical soap agents and also continuously support homes observe high standards of hygiene by constantly door checking on the households.
Water hygiene: Provision of water sterilizing agents, water storage equipment. We will, on a monthly basis supply households with soaps, home use detergent making chemicals and bleach agents. Each home will also receive a clean water storage container(50itres of water for cooking and drinking).
Mental health checks: Our Psychologist, MaryAnne, https://nomyswords.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/why-ev... will mentor the community health volunteers on early identification of mentally affected women due to the Covid 19 crisis in Mukuru and offer supportive professional counseling on a need be basis.
We request your kind support during this crisis. Our activities will be published in our homepage for follow up.
Email address: [email protected]
Phone number: +254716688401