GHNI Helps Community Health Volunteers

Shambani Village, Kenya


Shambani Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) are working day by day to make sure that the community is well sensitised in health areas. This has been made simple as GHNI arranged meetings to partner with other organisations to educate CHVs on how they can keep themselves clean by avoiding contaminated diseases. Since CHVs were brought into Shambani, the community has learnt a lot and many dangerous diseases have been avoided through the teaching that GHNI offers through CHVs. The mortality rate has decreased by a high percentage. 


Villagers are well versed in health issues, but GHNI staff members noticed that there was also an unsolved problem: hand washing. They did not know the correct procedure of hand washing. Villagers would just wash their hands their normal way. This is dangerous because, without following the correct procedure of hand washing, there are still some diseases that have not been 100% eradicated. When GHNI staff members noticed it, CHVs were brought in for a one-day training on how to wash hands properly. It is a six step procedure. They were taught the first step is to wet hands with clean water and rub it with soap, making sure that the soap is well mixed up in the hand. Secondly, you wash your palm well. Thirdly, you wash the back of your hand well, and fourth, you wash in between your fingers. Fifth, you make sure you have washed the tips of your fingers well, removing dust in your nails. Lastly, you rinse your hands using clean water, making sure your hands are dried well before touching anything. This should be done every time they visit the toilet, before eating, after changing diapers, and also always before they eat anything. After CHVs got the secret, they went and taught the community all they have learnt. The community is really happy and thanks for GHNI for standing with them. Mary is one of the community members who is really happy for the teachings. 


Transformational Community Development (TCD) Update


  • Water: Clean water is a real challenge since the rain was scarce and the seasonal rivers are drying up.
  • Food: Currently, the fields can yield nothing, so we are organising relief food to save lives.
  • Income generation: Many have expanded their business unlike before. Others have settled their soft loans and are continuing on very well. That is a good indicator of transformation.
  • Education: The school is within close range, but children who must walk for a few minutes to reach the school are generally not performing very well.
  • Wellness: The CHWs have been well linked and recognised by the Ministry of Health and are now working together hand-in-hand to particularly help a polio campaign and other areas of need.

Thank you!