Kenya: camels to transport medicines

Kenya: camels to transport medicines The Communities Health Africa Trust organization has 10 camels to transport healthcare equipment.  At dawn, at Maralal in Samburu, camels are loaded with medical equipment. In order to reach vulnerable populations located in rural areas, the NGO Communities Health Africa Trust (CHAT) decided to use camels as a means of transport to deliver medicines. They bring with them essential help to the inhabitants, and also raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases.  “We are able to carry out medical care, family planning measures and, to a certain extent, preventive interventions such as deworming ,” explains Miriam Chege, nurse at Communities Health Africa Trust (CHAT). "So we can deliver a lot of treatments."  The clinical team and the camels are doing well, they have traveled hundreds of kilometres. Finding water is sometimes a problem, but everyone keeps their spirits up. For the members of the organization, the dromedaries are the ideal means of transport: they can transport heavy loads over long distances, while being able to sneak through the brush.  "The health centers are very far from the places where they live", explains Peter Nguia, clinician at the NGO. "If I may say so, it's about 20 to 30 kilometers from their home. So access to medical care or services is an issue. That's why we see that the prevalence rate of STDs is high, they choose to use traditional herbal treatment methods."  "We had no idea of ​​the disease we had but now we understood" , testifies Letoto, Samburu warrior. "Hospitals are far away and travel is expensive. And it's expensive to get treatment."  The mobile clinic started 21 years ago and now has ten camels . Since the start of the initiative and sex education classes, its members have noticed a significant drop in the number of teenage pregnancies.

The Communities Health Africa Trust organization has 10 camels to transport healthcare equipment.

At dawn, at Maralal in Samburu, camels are loaded with medical equipment. In order to reach vulnerable populations located in rural areas, the NGO Communities Health Africa Trust (CHAT) decided to use camels as a means of transport to deliver medicines. They bring with them essential help to the inhabitants, and also raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases.

“We are able to carry out medical care, family planning measures and, to a certain extent, preventive interventions such as deworming ,” explains Miriam Chege, nurse at Communities Health Africa Trust (CHAT). "So we can deliver a lot of treatments."

The clinical team and the camels are doing well, they have traveled hundreds of kilometres. Finding water is sometimes a problem, but everyone keeps their spirits up.
For the members of the organization, the dromedaries are the ideal means of transport: they can transport heavy loads over long distances, while being able to sneak through the brush.

"The health centers are very far from the places where they live", explains Peter Nguia, clinician at the NGO. "If I may say so, it's about 20 to 30 kilometers from their home. So access to medical care or services is an issue. That's why we see that the prevalence rate of STDs is high, they choose to use traditional herbal treatment methods."

"We had no idea of ​​the disease we had but now we understood" , testifies Letoto, Samburu warrior. "Hospitals are far away and travel is expensive. And it's expensive to get treatment."

The mobile clinic started 21 years ago and now has ten camels . Since the start of the initiative and sex education classes, its members have noticed a significant drop in the number of teenage pregnancies.
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