Introduction

The aim of Macheo’s Health Program is to ensure that all vulnerable children and parents / guardians in the Kiandutu slum access medical services as well as health information at the local government health centres. Which will reduce health related sickness or death amongst mothers and children, by either referring them or facilitating treatment. The Health Program consists of four tailored programs: Mother to Child Program, Malnourished Children Program, Individual Treatment Program and the Home based Care Program. On a yearly base the Health Program touches the lives of about 2000 mothers, children and babies a year.

How does the program work?

The Kiandutu slum is characterized by poorly build houses, no proper drainage system, inadequate latrines and no system to dispose waste materials. The residents, living in these circumstances without knowledge of hygiene, nutrition or health, are suffering from illnesses impacting their lives. Parents are incapable to work and therefore unable to support their children. Children are not developing well and cannot attend school. Poor hygiene and lack of knowledge leads to life treating situations when young mums get complications at birth or do not know how to take care of their newborn baby. Macheo social workers identify children and parents or guardians (to be) in need and admit them in one of the four Health Programs. Each of the programs provides information on hygiene, nutrition, medical care, or facilitates access to medical care and psychosocial support.

The Health Program is divided into 4 subprograms implemented in Kiandutu slum or organized at the Kiandutu Outreach Project (KOP) facility. Macheo Health programs are:

Mother To Child Program

improves maternal health by offering pre-and post-natal care to expecting mothers and their babies. This program reduces child and maternal mortality by providing pregnant women with information about pregnancy, nutrition and hygiene, arranging medical screenings, facilitating deliveries in the hospital and vaccinating the babies. Macheo continues to support the mothers during their first three months after giving birth and monitors the development of the baby.

In 2014 the Mother to Child Program:

  • About 85 mothers were admitted in the program
  • 85.5% of the mothers of the Mother to Child Program gave birth in hospital
  • About 1200 pregnant mothers joined in the 56 seminars
  • extended the program to the Umoja area where 50 mothers in pre- and 56 mothers in the post-natal benefited.
Malnourished Children Program

provides severely malnourished and under-developed children with nutrition. In the day care centre malnourished children under the age of 5, receive food to attain normal nutrition status, while being stimulated to improve their health and brain development. The guardians are given information on nutrition to empower them to take care of the children. Reasons can differ from poor economic status, lack of knowledge to child neglect. Irreversible damage can be done to a child’s future when the nutrition is inadequate, so Macheo strives to intervene at a young age.

The Malnourished Children Program:

  • doubled the capacity to support 30 children instead of 15 children a year!
  • 20 seminars were held in 2014 for an average of 26 families per seminar.
Individual Treatment Program

ensures medical care for sick children who have been deprived of required health support. These unfortunate children, whose parents or guardians mostly cannot afford medical services are provided with medical treatment so they can recover and continue with their education. Macheo tailors the intervention to the needs of the individual child.

Individual Treatment Program:

  • 30 children were helped by the Individual Treatment Program in 2014.