Medical/Nutritional Care

We consider the provision of comprehensive medical care and the provision of proper nutrition an important and crucial component of our services and we are committed to increasing the overall health standards of Twana Twitu’s children to the best of our ability. To that effect, we have in place various systems we feel best facilitate this endeavor.

Comprehensive Care

While our medical services primarily involve the management of common ailments, they potentially also include the management of HIV/AIDS, where needed. We view HIV testing as a necessity but are, unfortunately, unable to mandate it. Instead, we encourage all our children, particularly the younger ones, to get tested. The earlier they get tested, the sooner we can find out whether or not they need medical treatment such as antiretroviral treatments, which we pledge to provide.

Migwani town does not, unfortunately, have a hospital. Most of the residents either self-medicate, visit the small local clinic or travel to other towns to seek treatment. We had hoped to at least retain the services of this local clinic and it’s clinical officer, but, after evaluating the capabilities of both, opted to send our children to the Muthale Catholic Hospital for all their treatment including that of minor ailments. The Muthale hospital is an approximate ½ hr drive from Migwani and provides excellent care. In extreme cases or in instances where highly specialized care or services (e.g. optical, dental etc) are required, our children are referred to Nairobi hospitals.
We have also made an arrangement with a pharmacy based out of Nairobi, Easton Pharmaceutical Ltd., that will deliver all necessary medications to us, at a negotiated rate. (We are grateful to Kyakaa Musee for this.)

Counseling Services

Counseling services are critical to our children’s psychological well-being. We are fortunate enough to be able to rely on the Muthale hospital, once again, for such services. As part of the treatment, the counselors provide:

  1. Initial counseling of all the children to determine their status and needs;
  2. Follow up counseling as necessary;
  3. Group counseling if necessary;
  4. Services for new recruits

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Management Education
HIV infections in Kenya continue to grow at an alarming rate. We are determined to prevent our children, as best we can, from joining the casualty statistics. Providing them proper HIV/AIDS education puts them in the right direction. In addition to providing HIV/AIDS prevention literature and paraphernalia, we intend to host sessions on methods through which HIV is transmitted, safe sex, proper condom use, and proper hygiene, among others. Such sessions will be age appropriate and tailored for individual participants.

Clean Drinking Water
As we mention elsewhere (see How to Help) we recognize and take very seriously the need to provide our families clean drinking water by supplying them rain tanks. Currently, most of our families rely on river and borehole water for both drinking and hygiene purposes. Such water, seldom boiled, can be extremely dangerous. In addition to parasitical diseases such as bilharzia and worms, it has been found that clean drinking water can reduce the risk of HIV-related diarrhea by 37%! If you would like to join this important endeavor, please see How to Help to lend your support.

Nutrition and Hygiene

Part of HIV/AIDS management involves proper nutrition, which is why we provide our children healthy, balanced meals. When we first began our operations, we delivered food items to our families by visiting each home. Of course, as one might imagine, this was not only time-consuming but also labor intensive but what choice did we have? We have since established relationships with local proprietors who supply our children the food they need. On a monthly basis, family members visit these businesses and sign off on a month’s supply of food for their children. This system keeps our children well taken care of, the family members involved and is an efficient way to track our services. We provide basic items such as maize, beans, dairy (particularly for the younger ones) and cooking oil.

We also provide our children a healthy stock of used but respectable clothing and blankets. To further facilitate cleanliness, we also supply them with basic hygiene products to all families. This includes basic items such as detergent, personal soap, toothpaste etc.

Our custodians work alongside volunteers from the community to make healthy and delicious dishes for our special occasions.