KMET’s Bima Poa Health Plan

KMET strives to make health services accessible to as many communities as possible. One of its objectives is to improve access to quality healthcare services particularly in the under served areas.

KMET has developed a Community Healthcare Access Plan (CHAP) based on a network of healthcare providers, in Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley Kenya. The provider-based health plan project was designed and piloted from January to December 2013 and rolled-out based on pilot’s lessons learned the following years. Six KMET healthcare providers (4 in Kisumu East and 2 in Siaya) have been selected for the pilot phase of the project.

Bima poa is a product of CHAP, a healthcare plan for you and your family. It covers up to a maximum of 6 household members; these are the household head, spouse and children who are below 18years of age.

The healthcare plan is being implemented by KMET in partnership with Pharm Access Foundation (PAF), Africa Medilink Limited (AML), AAR Holdings Limited (AAR) and Safaricom.

Sharon Oyoo, Bima Poa Sales Executive gives product knowledge to community members at Rabuor in Dophil

Sharon Oyoo, Bima Poa Sales Executive gives product knowledge to community members at Rabuor in Dophil

Bima Poa is designed to help you reduce, high outof-pocket expenditures and sale of your critical family assets (land, radio, cattle) in order to finance healthcare.At an annual premium of Ksh. 8,000, that is paid all at once or in two consecutive instalments, a family is able to access a number of health care services which include:

Outpatient benefits

  • Consultation
  • Laboratory  test
  • Drugs

 Maternity benefits

  • Pregnancy test Antenatal care
  • Normal delivery and/ or caesarean section.
  • Care of newborn for the first thirty days.
  • Ambulance transport for transfer of emergency maternity cases in between providers.

Bima Poa is available at a number of healthcare providers which are:

Kisumu East:

  • Corkran health center,
  • Godswill medical center,
  •  Millimani Maternity Hospital&
  •   Nightingale Medical Center

In Siaya,

  • Bama Hospital and
  • Dophil maternity & nursing home.

KMET has the needs of the communities they serve at heart and programs such as CHAP are founded on the belief that not only is it everyone’s right to access health care services but also access such, afford ably.

KMET CONDUCTS 2014 POST ABORTION CARE TRAINING

KMET’s Post Abortion Care training for Nurses/Midwives and physicians is part of the Post Abortion Care study KMET is carrying out, to determine the efficacy of a drug called misoprostol, in treating post abortion care cases and to determine which of the two practitioners clients prefer. Post abortion care (PAC) is given to those who book into hospitals with complications of failed (unsafe) abortion.

Induced abortion in Kenya is legally permitted only to save a woman’s life, making Kenya one of the countries with high rates of unsafe abortions globally.

Mr Sysvester Aluoch, one of the facilitators taking the trainees through a value assessment session.

Mr Sysvester Aluoch, one of the facilitators taking the trainees through a value assessment session.

Abortion has always been a silent menace. It is estimated that every year about 250, 000 girls aged between 15-19 years procure abortions and about 90,000 below age 25 succumb to post abortion complications due to neglecting proper post abortion care services.

Studies have shown that factors influencing decision making related to induced abortion include; fear of parents’ reactions, disruption of future plans, stigmatization from community, and unstable or negative partner relationship, especially denial of fatherhood. For these reasons, women seek unsafe back street abortion services, carried out by people lacking the necessary skills or/and in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards. Complications arising from such spontaneous abortions add to the mortality figures stated there before.

The KMET PAC study program facilitates trainings for health and medical practitioners to equip them with knowledge and skill on how to perform medical treatment of incomplete (unsafe) abortion. Facilitators also train   participants on counseling, contraceptive services, clinical assessment, and community development.

Dr. Paul Mitei, a senior specialist obstetrician and gynecologist, who is also one of the facilitators at the KMET Post Abortion Care Training emphasized that, the society should fight the mentality of Reproductive Health as that concerning the women only and that men should also be just as active in participating and supporting Reproductive Health like so in the case of Post Abortion Care.

The training is ongoing at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) and Kisumu East District Hospital (KEDH), in Kisumu County, Western Kenya.

 

 

KMET Huduma Poa Health Network holds a Contraceptive Technology Update in Migori

KMET Huduma Poa Health Network brought together 23 health practitioners from various private hospitals in the country in a six-day workshop on Contraceptive Technology Update.

Theory:Abok Barnabas a Huduma Poa Quality Assurance officer underscores the importance of sterilization and disinfection of contraceptive commodities

Theory:Abok Barnabas a Huduma Poa Quality Assurance officer underscores the importance of sterilization and disinfection of contraceptive commodities

The workshop held at Migori- Florence Hotel commenced on 17th February and was closed on 22nd February after rigorous classroom and clinical practical sessions on family planning and integration of health services.

Participants of the workshop were stunned at the immense role that they are expected to play towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), by providing comprehensive reproductive health services.

Most of the participants confessed to have failed to provide clients with options or full range of family planning services due to lack of updated knowledge and skills in provision of some of the long term and short term contraceptive services.DSC04785

KMET Huduma Poa Health Network, facilitates provision of skilled integrated servicesthat would then promote demand for and access of family planning, HIV counselling, testing, care and treatment; prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS; cervical cancer screening and maternal neonatal and child health services.

Speaking on the last day of the workshop, KMET Deputy CEO, Sam Owoko decried the uninviting health statistics characteristic of the larger Western and Rift valley regions of Kenya, challenging each participant to make a commitment to changing the negative health indicators.

“If we are to achieve our development goals, we must then pursue reproductive health aggressively,” he concluded.

Echoing Sam’s observations, Rongo Sub County public health nurse, Baetrice Hongo said it will be impossible to achieve MDGs 3 and 4 if there is continued rise in fertility rates and reduced contraceptive prevalence as is the case right now in Kenya.

The participants recorded a 15% improvement in their knowledge and skills on reproductive health at the end of the workshop following written tests at the beginning and end of the workshop.

Soon after the training Wangach Wanyasa, one of the participant wrote on KMET’s face book time line: “I thank you for organizing the just concluded CTU training, it has enlightened me and also given me a chance to perfect my practice.”

KMET Deputy CEO, Sam Owoko (right) hands over a certificate of completion to a participant on Saturday Morning before wrapping up the workshop

KMET Deputy CEO, Sam Owoko (right) hands over a certificate of completion to a participant on Saturday Morning before wrapping up the workshop

Just in time: Visiting Nurse saves a mother’s life using UBT

Kevin Otieno* rescued a mother from the hands of death last December when he went to visit his wife, Beatrice* a nurse at Nyakongo Health Center in Nyando District.

Unaware of the predicament that lay ahead, Kevin who is also a health practitioner at Kokwanyo health center in Rachuonyo, patiently waited as his wife conducted a delivery.

The woman being attended to by Beatrice, had a hemoglobin level of 7g/dl which is medically considered to be quite low and can worsen the impact of bleeding during or after birth.

The delivery went on successfully but after removal of the placenta, the worst happened. The patient started to experience Primary Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) also known as severe bleeding.

Beatrice attempted to manage the bleeding using the conventional procedures she knew and those laid down by the Ministry of Health but realized she was fighting a losing battle- the patient was gradually weakening from PPH. In desperation, she called upon her husband, to assist in the situation.

Kevin having previously attended a workshop on emergency application of Uterine Baloon Tamponade for obstetric emergencies organized by KMET, instinctively requested for a condom, a catheter (tube) and a syringe as his wife and other health workers looked at him puzzled.

He was locally assembling a Uterine Baloon Tamponade an innovative device used to manage PPH.

Kevin inserted the condom in the patient’s cervix then inflated it using water. Ten minutes later the bleeding had stopped and after 8 hours the balloon was deflated and withdrawn; narrowly saving the mother’s life.

Kevin is often heard by his peers saying that no woman deserves to die from postpartum hemorrhage and has since been carrying an emergency UBT kit in his bag wherever he goes.

Health Providers in Turkana undergoing a practicum on the use of UBT at a previous workshop organized by KMET

Health Providers from the Western region of Kenya carrying out a practicum on the use of UBT at a previous workshop organized by KMET in Kisumu

A week before Kevin’s visit Nyakongo Health Center is reported to have lost a mother to PPH despite the health practitioners’ efforts to apply all the known techniques in managing severe bleeding.

It is reported that most expectant mothers in the area check into the facility with very low Hemoglobin levels up to to 5g/dl.

To curb such cases, nurses in Nyakongo are requesting for a training on UBT having witnessed first-hand its effectiveness as a remedy for PPH during obstetric emergency.

Story Shared by Liddy Dulo, Programs Coordinator- KMET
*The two health practitioners’ names have been altered on their request