Access to affordable, reliable health care in Kibera is scarce. We work to provide community members of all ages high-quality, comprehensive medical services and health education. We believe a dual focus on treatment and prevention is necessary to improve the health of a community, so many of our initiatives take place outside of the clinic. Our community-based, personalized healthcare saves lives and empowers residents with tools to keep themselves and their families healthy.
Named after the late Tabitha Atieno Festo, CFK co-founder and community nurse, Tabitha Medical Clinic offers excellent healthcare to all Kiberans for a flat fee. The clinic offers an impressive list of services and operates under a “one stop shop” philosophy. Patients can find x-ray services, a pharmacy, ultrasound services, HIV/AIDS testing/counseling, cervical cancer screening, immunizations, and family planning counseling all in one building. Collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our community-based medical clinic is staffed by medical professionals that believe in the clinic’s mission to focus equally on prevention and treatment.
The Lishe Bora Center operates in the same region as Tabitha Medical Clinic and the Community Health and Wellness program, which allows for a strong continuum of care, including active case finding for malnourished children, growth monitoring and promotion, deworming, and vitamin A supplementation. Focused on bringing severely malnourished children under five years of age back to full health, treatment at the Center consists of an 8-week feeding program.
Our Lishe Bora Mtaani Nutrition Center also incorporates both early childhood and parent education across its scope of services. Early childhood educators provide educational instruction and support developing social skills.
The parents of children in treatment receive health information and are guided on how to prepare nutritious meals for their families without any increase to their daily income. Additionally, parents are educated on best practices in hygiene and sanitation to help keep their families healthy.
In order to bridge the gap between health professionals and residents of Kibera, we empower over 100 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to visit homes and educate families about the services offered at Tabitha Medical Clinic. CHVs are selected by their peers and work diligently to ensure that healthy behavior is standardized.
Volunteers take health education into the community itself. CHVs connect with individuals at their homes to conduct screenings on several health issues, and refer when needed to the clinic for vital treatment services. CHVs provide a continuum of care and follow up with clinic patients post-visit to ensure access to prevention, care and treatment services.
Pregnant women and children under the age of two are one of the most vulnerable populations with respect to health and susceptibility to illnesses. They are at risk of illnesses such as diarrhea and other diseases related to poor hand washing practices. Our Clean Hands Save Lives projects provides community members with the proper tools and skills for hand-washing to help reduce diseases.
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Program works closely with Tabitha Medical Clinic to provide HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, sexual health workshops, and one-on-one counseling services for the community. SRH educators provide counseling, distribute condoms, and refer patients to the Tabitha Medical Clinic to receive treatment, including post-abortion care and anti-retroviral medicine to counteract HIV. Volunteer educators also work across all of our core programs to speak with young members of the community about HIV/AIDS and sexual health.
In partnership with Plan International and USAID - Kenya, our Nilinde Project for Orphans and Vulnerable Children strives to improve the welfare and protection of children affected by HIV/AIDS living in Kibera. We aim to help nearly 3,000 children over the next three years.
Nilinde will build the capacity of households to better provide child-focused and family-centered care, including economic strengthening initiatives. In addition, the project will strengthen social systems and structures to improve support to orphans and vulnerable children, ensure access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services.