KENYA – REPORT ON THE MEETING OF 27th August 2015
The meeting with the national leaders of the KRCS was held at the General Directorate of Nairobi. The meeting was attended by Dr. Asha Mohammed, deputy secretary of the Red Cross in Kenya and national coordinator of the project and of the territory, and by Dr. Sylvia Khamati, health consultant for the KRCS. TotaLife was represented by Roberto Godas, Maria Godas, Sara Terrezza and Hilary Mazzon. The meeting’s goal was the discussion of the Mobile Clinic Project and the definition of the steps before and after the signing of the MoU (memorandum of understanding) and the start of the project.
During the meeting all the main issues relating to the project were discussed, such as:
- Accurate definition of all steps regarding the project;
- Levels of involvement of the KRCS General Directorate regarding the funding and control of project implementation;
- Definition of all the features and equipment of the mobile clinic;
- Analytical structure of costs, with relation to each piece of equipment installed;
- Guarantees to be provided by the KRCS regarding the availability of resources for the management and use of the mobile clinic;
- Definition and consolidation of the partnership between KRCS and TotaLife for the mobile clinic project and for future projects.
First and foremost, both sides stressed that their common goal is to contribute to the welfare and development of the community, with special reference to the weakest and least protected: mothers and children. It was also agreed that the funds are to be used without any waste, in the best possible way and they will be used effectively to improve the living conditions and to restore dignity to the most vulnerable.
After a clear and comprehensive presentation by Dr. Sylvia Khamati on the Kenyan Red Cross work experience in healthcare and access to health services, she illustrated the medical needs of Kilifi County, where the mobile clinic will be working. The most urgent issue to be tackled in the area is currently the strong rise in teenage pregnancies: the dramatic consequence of this phenomenon is the increase of both maternal and neonatal mortality in the territory, due – among other factors – to the mothers’ young age and their abysmal ignorance on the subject of motherhood.
As to the memorandum of understanding based on TotaLife proposed protocol, we agreed that in two weeks’ time from the meeting date TotaLife would receive the Red Cross observations, with the full budget for the project and the detailed costs of all the equipment and diagnostic medical instruments that need to be installed on the mobile clinic, with its workplan.
In this respect, TotaLife stressed the importance that the installation of the mobile clinic is to be calibrated on the real current technical and operational know-how of those who will actually use and manage the clinic, taking into account everything is needed to keep the clinic connected to the operational network. All other equipment will be installed only after the implementation of specific training courses, aimed at the staff who will actually use the mobile clinic. Such courses will be planned by TotaLife and KRCS, the first of those taking care of the training of non graduate sonographers, already very successfully tried and tested in other African countries by our associate, Dr.Giovanna Ferraioli, already mentioned above.
It was also agreed with KRCS representatives that relations between the parties shall be governed by the signing of a general national memorandum of partnership with no time limit and, in parallel, by the signing of the protocol we proposed and that will regulate the Mobile Clinic project.
At our request, Dr. Mohammed made it clear that because all agreements will be signed between TotaLife and the General Directorate of National KRCS, the latter shall guarantee the smooth running and success of the project, thus supervising all stages and taking the commitment to report on each step of the project and to provide periodically any relevant information to TotaLife, with specific reports. The Malindi headquarters will be, on their part, responsible for the operational management and maintenance of the mobile clinic and its proper and careful use in accordance with all the agreements that will be signed.
The meeting was closed with the commitment by Dr. Asha Mohammed to provide within two weeks all the agreed documents.
We cannot emphasize enough how all of us felt, during the meeting, a great enthusiasm and a strong commitment to the project by the friends from KRCS.
We are doing our best and we are convinced that, also thanks to your support and involvement, we will shortly see TotaLife mobile clinic circulate and operate among Kilifi County villages.