On 30th January 2013, Japan’s Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Toshihisa Takata together with Japanese NGO Child Doctor’s Representative in Kenya Dr. Kazuko Kumon, held a G/C signing ceremony for a 2012 Grant Aid project “Improving Health of People Living in the Selected Urban Informal Settlement Community in Langata District, Nairobi Province (Phase 3)”. With this grant, Child Doctor Japan will implement a project for Community Health Strategy (CHS) in three slums within Nairobi.
Outline of the project
The 3-year project was initiated in February 2011. In order to improve health indexes in the slums of Nairobi, Child Doctor is trying to motivate the residents to maintain their health conditions by promoting diseases preventive measures such as improvement of public health, increase of vaccination rate, prenatal care and medical check-ups.
Child Doctor has in the last two years supported the community especially in capacity building such as the establishment of units in three Nairobi slum areas as platforms for discussions on health and medical issues as well as for conducting trainings for community health workers among others.
Phase 3 which is the final part of the project is a continuation of implementation of activities that enable the communities to establish sustainability, and includes components such as improvement of infrastructure and human development as well as introduction of new concepts such as the repair of roads using Do-nou technology (which is done in collaboration with another Japanese NGO named CORE) and management of residents’ health information using computers to illustrate the good examples and lessons to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation or other cooperation agencies.
The introduction of Child Doctor Japan’s activities
Child Doctor Japan started their activities with the aim of supporting people living in poverty or suffering from chronic or various diseases.
Apart from this grant aid project, Child Doctor Japan is implementing “Medical Sponsorship Project” under a program called “Low Cost Medical Examination and Treatment Project” which supports children living in poverty areas and offers low cost medical examination and treatment mainly to low income outpatients; and “AIDS Support Project” which offers free treatments and cares to HIV-positive people, AIDS patients and their families.