Introduction of Community Health Promotion Kenya - CHPK
CHPK was established early 2009 by a group of dedicated and experienced people in medical training and health care in Kenya. They try to use the vast knowledge and experience gained in the course of their work to contribute towards the improvement of healthcare for Kenyans.
CHPK aims at improving community health through improving the quality of health care training and linking it directly to service delivery. Its objective is toestablish training and medical centers to support community healthcare in line with the MDGs –four, five and six and through supporting other organizations and institutions to achieve the same. Emphasis is given to practical training and social skills necessary to solve the unique problems of local communities in developing countries.
CHPK’s interventions are based on the following pillars:
- Expanding the opportunities for training midlevel healthcare workers
- Ensuring that trainings are attractive for potential students and potential employers
- Applying evidence based strategies in the training programmes
- Collaboration with other national and international institutes of higher learning, in order to share experiences
- Social responsibility through integration of service delivery to the community
- Collaborating in public and private initiatives at various levels of operation
Currently CHPK is active in Kenya and Tanzania:
Improving maternal health and community health in Kenya
Kenya experiences a huge unmet need for healthcare and training of healthcare workers. Needs are unmet both in quantitative and qualitative terms. The shortage of sufficient quality tertiary education in the medical field contributes significantly to the poor health of most Kenyans and Africans in general. Healthcare services are unequally distributed; with rural areas being underserved compared to urban areas.
In spite of the heavy investment in healthcare by local governments and donors, the health statistics in Kenya remain grim, and particularly the maternal and child deaths: one child out of nine children dies before reaching the fifth birthday; 488 out of 100,000 pregnancies lead to maternal death versus less than ten in many developed countries.
Chances that Kenya will achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that pertain to health are very slim, unless a concerted effort, by the government and all people of good will, is put in place to address critical areas such as community empowerment and poverty alleviation, among others.
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Millennium Development Goals:
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases