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HOLISTIC APPROACH IMPACTS POSITIVELY IN NAIRIBI

Posted Sep 28, 2014

FH Kenya through the KALDRR USAID funded WASH program initiated interventions at Nairibi community September, 2013.The entry process was initiated through the school led total sanitation (SLTS) approach that could later see the linking of school based interventions and community based health promotion interventions.

Following the initial training,an action plan was developed which incorporated the following activities; formation of health club, establishing SLTS committee, improvement of water access in the school, improvement of sanitation facilities in the school to enhance conducive environment for learning.

A plan to roll out CLTS at the community level roll out the community Led total sanitation (CLTS) to boost sanitation uptake at house hold level was also developed.

In addition to improved sanitation uptake in the community from 2 to 32 to date, there has been remarkable improvements in the school as recently noted during a performance monitoring visit.

This has been attributed to the integration of various interventions as a result of the rolling out of comprehensive school heath initiatives at Nairibi through the following:-

1.Increasing water access through construction of 25,000 liter masonary tank. This ensured safe water for drinking,cooking school meals and hand washing.

2.Improved menstrual hygiene for girls by partnering with the sister HIV program to distribute sanitary pads for girls

3.Construction of sanitation facilities by supporting construction a girls VIP latrine with a bathroom.

4 Hygiene promotion through capacity building for school health club children as peer educators.

5 Disease prevention and control-(Addressing issues of parasitic infestations and low coverage of immunization)in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
This ensured that the school children were dewormed after three months and through the continuous campaigns and advocacy to utilize latrines for fecal disposal has helped to cut short infective stage of the life cycle of parasitic infections.

6 Linkage of the school health and community health interventions.

This holistic approach to school Health(WASH, disease prevention , nutrition) more efficient and cost-effective when delivered as a package, and provides a basis to scale up efforts and increase the quality and equity of education. The health benefits of safe and adequate water, improved sanitation and hygiene are broad in scope ranging from reductions in diarrhoea, intestinal worm infestation, infections and trachoma; to enhance psycho- social well being

This approach of linking the school with the community has been fruitful and has shown need to replicate in other communities.


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