At the heart of Pepo La Tumaini is our commitment to making healthcare accessible for marginalised communities. Our clinic runs services for HIV testing and counselling, family planning and mother-to-child healthcare. We provide primary healthcare for all our school pupils, local community, and staff. Our large network of volunteers reach out to people who feel scared of accessing healthcare. With guidance and counseling people are encouraged to take their first steps in caring for themselves and their families.
Collaborating with local organisations in Isiolo, we delivered 4 free health camps in the poorest communities. We provided counseling, testing and treatment to over 3,000 people who are unable to access mainstream healthcare services. This included the neglected elderly who cannot afford healthcare, and those who are homeless including women and children.
Making Healthcare Accessible with Community Outreach
In response to the increasing number of infectious diseases in Isiolo, we boosted our immunisation campaigns in TB, Polio and Yellow Fever. The current drought is intensifying our concern as malnutrition is an acute trigger for TB. Our clinic is identifying women and children suffering from malnutrition and providing fortified porridge. We are currently referring patients with a persistent cough for immediate screening for TB to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Our dedicated team of home-based carers continue to care for those who are housebound with chronic illnesses. Our 32 CHBC volunteers are caring for 68 sick patients in their homes. We are trying as much as possible to meet their palliative care needs, and to include them in our family feeding programme. Knowing they belong to a larger family beyond their own gives them hope and helps to protect them from abuse and neglect. In this way, we are providing security and making healthcare accessible for marginalised communities.