In 2011, EAAP purchased a Toyota Land Cruiser ambulance for the Benedictine Sisters in Chesongoch. This vehicle is now in use in the Kerio Valley.
Chesongoch is a village in Western Kenya's Kerio Valley. It is an important place that provides vital health care to the surrounding area.
In 1973, two Sisters from Peramiho, Tanzania, were sent to the Kerio Valley temporarily in response to the request from the Missionary Benedictine monks of Peramiho who had opened a new foundation there in 1972. Now a permanent part of the Valley, the Sisters of Tutzing have built a thriving community centered on their health dispensary, which services a patient population of nearly ten thousand people. Nearly all of the Sisters in residence are trained nurses and provide round the clock patient care.
The surrounding countryside is made up of ethnic Marakwet and Pokot peoples, who after many years of civil war, have reconciled. The Chesongoch Health Dispensary played an integral role during the ethnic strife. It was neutral ground. The Sisters did not discriminate their care and today, the countryside is peaceful.
Chesongoch Dispensary has grown into a thriving center of medical care in an extremely remote region of western Kenya.
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To provide and sustain emergency evacuations from the Chesongoch Health Dispensary to Kapsowar Hospital.
To respond to emergency calls from the countryside and transport patients back to Chesongoch.
To provide and assist in mobile clinic services throughout the valley.
- Mobile clinics include neonatal exams, childhood vaccinations and VCT (voluntary counseling and testing for HIV)
To directly observe treatment or DOT. This is an essential service in follow-up care for tuberculosis and the avoidance of MDRTB or multi-drug resistant TB.
The vehicle will be used to transport medicines and lab specimens throughout the valley.
- Currently Chesongoch stores all of the vaccines for every health clinic in the Valley because they are the only location with a freezer/refrigerator.
The ambulance will introduce the concept of emergency response to the Valley. Currently, patients contact the clinic only well after an accident or illness occurs. With the ambulance operational, patients can call as these ailments occur and receive immediate care.
The ambulance will also create first aid instructors as a peripheral result. The instructors will go through the rigorous course provided by the East Africa Ambulance Project and will be responsible for community outreach, thus empowering people to care for themselves in the areas of health and hygiene.