Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Team appointments

New team appointments announced by CEO , ICROSS Kenya 2011
Danny Ngwiri , Country Drector ICROSS announced three new staff appontments today.

Following announcementas last week of new board members , the CEO made further updates today. Sally Mukwana and Lawyer Edwn Chege joined Dr E Sequeira, Danny Ngwiri and Dr Michael Meegan on the Board of Directors.

Anne Wanaina, formallly in charge of the HIC project in Nakuru is now Senior Programme Manager,ICROSS Nakuru as well as head, Programme Development, Gender projects.

P Karioki is in charge of ICROSS Kenya web awareness programme , developinng ICROSS work on the Web as well as web development.

I Maina Kamau is head of IT develoopment and computerisation, He will oversee the gradual computerisation of field clinics and be in charge of training. Saruni Ole Lengeny is n charge of ICROSS Volunteers and Interns 2011-2012.

Kinyanjui Kamau is now the Personal Assstant of the Country Director ICROSS Kenya.

Other team updates will be posted shortly. The Country Director is working with new partner organsations as we prepare to scale up our Rural health services.

P OleSironka
ICROSS Kenya www.icrossinternational.org
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Rift Valley Drector ICROSS Kenya visits Longosua
P Ole Lasoi visits Longosua, Dr Joe Barnes Clinic today to discuss plans with the heaklth team to build a maternity unit. The communty are served by ICROSS health services in Longosua since 2004. Paul ole Laso will work with the local community in preparing a plan that will see the Joe Barnes Clinc expanded to meet growing needs n the area. Parts of the large Maasai area are already suffering from drought.

Saruni Ole Lengeny is in Nyoonyorrie with women's groups as we plan the anti Malaria programme for 2011. 

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Michael Elmore-Meegan MSc Community Health TCD
Founder International Director

A critical part of improving health care is the priorities for safe motherhood. As part f ICROSS’ campaign for advocating for mothers rights, we focus on empowering mothers and involving them in decision making. As part of the millennium goals, we are committed to reducing maternal deaths. Together with our partners, we understand that basic health care alone is not sufficient to improve safe motherhood. Maasai mothers often have their first child at the age of 17yrs. ICROSS seeks to delay marriage and first birth. This campaign has been effective and has attributed to more girls staying in school. Through community based education in the local language, we are encouraging families to delay marriages and first birth until girls complete their education.
Risks in pregnancies: there are many life threatening complications and risks that occur in pregnancy. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest death rate in the world. It is essential that all pregnant women have access to a qualified midwife. They require guidance and support during their pregnancy and after child birth.

Improved delivery: ICROSS is working to establish the most critical intervention of safe motherhood. This is to ensure skilled delivery at birth. ICROSS remains committed to building maternity units in all its clinics Reproductive health services: developed through local culture and language, we continue to provide high quality reproductive health services. These interventions are culturally sensitive and help individuals and communities be empowered by making their own choices. Since Sharon Wilkinson introduced reproductive health education into ICROSS health programmes in 1993, we have continued to provide education and information in homes, villages and clinics.

Prevention of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion: over 75 million unwanted pregnancies occur every year; mostly in the poor world. Without effective family planning, unsafe abortions can kill and cause permanent harm. By ensuring effective family planning, contraceptive advice and trained counselling, we can greatly reduce risk.

Safe Motherhood Research: for 30 years, ICROSS has studied the impact of its safe motherhood programme. The longest and most significant of these studies took 20 years to complete. This study examined the reduction of no natal tetanus in new born children.

Partnerships in Safe Motherhood: in 2010, ICROSS extended its network of community based organisations, women’s groups and self help societies. Together with a growing number of partners including the ministry of health, we have continued to strengthen our capacity to provide safe motherhood.

Intern and volunter programme Safe motherhood 
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Dr Evan Sequera MD 
Michael Elmore-Meegan MSc Community Health TCD
Founder International Director

Update From Michael Meegan Founder of ICROSS

2010 marks a significant milestone as we reach 30 years of public health programmes. When Dr Joe Barnes and I began our work, we never realised that it would become such a significant contribution in reducing poverty and disease. In this annual review, we will look back on some of the highlights over the last thirty years. Before looking at the new challenges, as we build the organization over the next decade. Together with our friends and partners, we have managed to extend our long term public health programmes despite extraordinary challenges and demand on our limited resources thanks to the dedication of hundreds of volunteers.
We have been able to achieve improved health services and significant reductions in water borne diseases. The great strength of ICROSS has always been a unique combination of long term commitment and evidence based research. Because we built all of our work through our local belief systems and traditions, this year has shown how effective the ICROSS model can be. This report marks a further milestone following the restructuring of the charity like all dynamic organizations we are constantly incorporating new ideas and improved practices. This report outlines a series of new steps we have taken to prepare ICROSS for the years ahead. On behalf of Dr Evan Sequiera and our board of directors, as well as our programmes and management teams, I thank you for sharing our work in this annual report.
Over 35% of children in ICROSS projects are underweight or stunted. Kenya has a population of 36.b million. Its life expectancy is 35 and falling. The average age of Kenyans is 17 years old and the chances of dying before the age of 30 are ten times higher than living in Europe. ICROSS remains committed from the last 30 years to the improvement of health in vulnerable communities and tribal groups. ICROSS has worked over the decades with many endangered tribes suffering from high infant mortality and maternal deaths. Infant mortality in Kenya in 2009 was 55 per 1000 compared with 4.6 per 1000 in the UK. With infant disease 200 times higher than in Western Europe, ICROSS is dedicated to reducing this suffering. In Finland, infant mortality rate is 3.47 per 1000, France, 3.3 per 1000. Kenya ranks 181st in the world with one of the highest death rates in East Africa.
Together with a strong policy of holistic obstetrics and gynaecology, ICROSS is building sustainable women’s health. For 15 years, the chairman of ICROSS in Kenya has been the chief of surgery and obstetrics at the Nairobi Aga Khan hospital, Dr Evan Sequiera. He continues the work of Dr Joe Barnes in setting a selfless example of giving.

Dr Mchael Meegan , Founder

Monday, January 17, 2011

ICROSS projects in Kenya

Maternal Child health

Since 1983 the corner stone of ICROSS field projects has been community based maternal child health. The Millennium development goals are closely linked to the improvements needed in basic health improvement among the very poor. The International Community for Relief of starvation and suffering has worked closely with tribal communities for over 25 years reducing poverty, improving water and providing basic medicines at community level (all Millennium development goals).

• Maternal child health care was extended with the help of Dr Joe Barnes, Dr Tom Dooley and individual donations. Our rural community health programmes focused on delivering key interventions strengthening local health systems and investing in follow up of new born children.

Every day over 26,000 children die needlessly from preventable diseases, many of them in Africa. Many of these children are new born or in their first year, a key factor is mother’s health. Neonatal deaths in Africa are more than ten times higher than in industrialized countries. This is why Mother and child health remain our first priority.

• In 2008 we have improved care of young mothers in the home and developed early warning systems to detect weight loss or illness early. We are developing effective basic prevention, nutrition, care and [This is why we’re here] support at village level over the next five years in all our projects.

• We worked with the network of trained health workers in a community health programme funded in 06/07 by the Irish Government.

Effective clinical care

• Together with partners in the Ministry of health, Dr Catherine Conlan and a new team focusing on

• Maternal child health ICROSS has launched a long term maternal child health programme. This will strengthen a continuous health support for mothers through pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, and early years.

• Together with a group of young Irish scientists field teams worked on an award winning maternal child health study focusing on improving Mch services.

The less than 5 years mortality rate in high income countries is 6 per 1,000 live births, in Sub Saharan Africa it is 160. Malnutrition is involved in half of these deaths.

In 1996, together with Professor David Morley ICROSS began working with communities to improve detection of pneumonia. We are scaling up this programme in 2009. Pneumonia kills more children than any other disease. Even severe pneumonia is treatable and we will be launching a campaign in 2009 to extend the provision of community based management case management of child health.

• In 2008 we extended training of mothers in nutrition and began an ambitious disease surveillance programme in partnership with the Ministry of health.

Repeated drought and water shortages have contributed to the burden of malnutrition throughout the rural areas we work in. Improving nutrition remains our greatest challenge in reaching the Millennium goal reducing poverty and hunger. Children who are undernourished are more likely to die when they get Malaria, diarrhea infections, pneumonia as well as other infections. In the early growth monitoring studies implemented by ICROSS with the Institute of child health, we found that when mothers weighed their children themselves they were able to get help more quickly than waiting for health workers. (Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1994) [Prevention, protection and nutrition]

• The main focus in 2008 has been to work through mothers using trained health workers. 

• In the past 5 years ICROSS has trained almost 4,000 mothers through its network of trainers and health facilities. One of the effects of this has been improvements in breastfeeding. We are focusing on young Mothers health because maternal mortality is unacceptably high.

Maternal mortality in Western Europe is 8 compared to 920 in Sub Saharan Africa. Life expectancy in Kenya has fallen to 48 compared to 77 in Western Europe.

• In 2008 we extended home visits throughout Maasai project areas as we work with communities to improve health information, sanitation and mothers health at home level. There is a direct relationship between low levels of maternal care and high rates of maternal deaths.


Poor immunization coverage is still a major barrier to child health in many areas of Africa. The UN estimates that in drought-prone areas where access to health facilities is poor, less than 40% of children may be immunized.

• Throughout 2008 we had intensive immunization reaching over 65% in remote Maasai areas.

5. Education, Training, and Support

"Poor children still cannot afford to attend school; 9 out of 10 children from poor households fail to complete their basic education. School dropout rates are increasing, especially in drought-affected areas". UNICEF (Looking after our future)

A very important part of our work comes in the area of prevention and awareness. We have developed programs in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis that speak to this great need.

• We provided educational materials, books, resources, class rooms’ repairs and latrines construction to schools and also girls sanitary support programme reaching 12 schools in 5 districts [We work with dozens of schools}

• We provided training for over 100 private employers and company heads to reduce the stigma that surrounds tuberculosis in workplaces, and to counteract the stigma suffered by many people.