FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE BABADOGO PROGRAM
The program is called BabaDogo Community Based Home Care in Nairobi, Kenya.
BabaDogo itself is a very large sprawling slum housing complex mainly made of mud huts that are linked together.
Due to the chronically low economic level of the people, basic necessities are lacking.
In most houses there is no running water, poor ventilation and overcrowding is the order of the day resulting in various types of illnesses.
This is why the parish has committed itself to develop a special ministry to the sick.
In the program we have volunteer health workers who visit those patients on a daily basis.
Those of them who are critically ill and confined to bed are given nursing care in their homes while those who still have a bit of energy but cannot walk are brought to the clinic by a hand cart or wheelbarrow for medical attention.
The Clinic gives a special tuberculosis (TB) treatment sponsored by Centre for Disease Control.
Counselling services are offered to those willing to be tested for HIV/AIDS.
These services are offered both before and after the test.
The statistics show that the most infected group are females between the ages of fifteen and forty years.
The average of people coming for a test in a given month is estimated at 360. About thirty percent of those people test positive.
The importance of this program cannot be too greatly emphasised, considering the economic standard of the people around here they would normally not afford medical care even for a minimal fee. ID2687