Moyo is a grassroots organization in Laikipia, Kenya delivering healthcare and education support where it is most needed and integrating environmental conservation efforts every step of the way.
News from the Field
Moyo is collaborating with the Laikipia North Tech College to create reusable menstrual pads! These pads are a sustainable solution for girls - they are long-lasting (just wash the liner!) and they are not made with single-use materials. Because they come with a Period Tracker and information sheet, they also provide girls with basic information that they may otherwise not get. This is a project that epitomizes the intersectionality of healthcare + education + empowerment + environment.
Pfizer Vaccines and boosters to the Mugie community and students.
Our quarterly mentorship was with the Louniek community and had almost 40 teenagers in attendence. Nurse Jedidah and two Commuity Health Mobilizers led the session which focused on self-care and wellness. In an effort to erase the taboo that mentruation is a 'dirty' and embarassing time, both boys and girls were present for a section of the session that focused on mentrual health and hygiene practices as well as the distribution of resuable sanitary pads from a Moyo supporter. The environmental
Our team went to the Logorate area for a medical outreach. With us were two Community Health Volunteers who helped in mobilization, translation (most community members only spoke Samburu), and taking vitals. We saw 114 patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses that required treatment.
This outreach was hosted at Donyoriwo Primary School. There, we saw 109 patients, with 37 of those patients being under 5 years of age. All children aged 6 months to 5 years were given vitamin A capsules. Most patients were women and the most common complaints were of headache, heartburn, chest pains, and backache. For children, it was mostly diarrheal and respiratory diseases, three referrals were made.
Meeting with Pokot women at Lodabu about breast and cervical cancer, and feminine health and hygiene.
Our distribution of food parcels to the Ndabas, Arasoro and Lowakipi communities was also an opportunity to provide the community with dewormers, nutrition packs, and vitamin A capsules for the children 6 months to 5 years of age. With the Moyo Outreach Vehicle our nurse and her assistants can travel further and reach more people on a regular basis - this is more necessary than ever as we try to keep up with the pandemic's wide-spread effects.
Our Wellness Outreach to the Lera, Longewan, and Logorate Communities delivered much appreciated food parcels and the administration of dewormers and Vitamin A packets to children 6 months - 5 years old. The Moyo Outreach Vehicle allows our nurse and her assistants to travel further and reach more people on a regular basis - in this case, 80 food packs were distributed.
The Moyo Mobile is ready to hit the road for our outreach clinics! This vehicle was made possible by the wonderful supporters of Moyo and will allow our nurse Jedidah and her assistants to go further and widen their delivery of services and resources - including providing basic health education. *Please note, it's #talaapproved