Community Dispensary

 

Brief History

Kolunga Community Dispensary was started in 2004 to provide basic health care services to Kolunga beach community residents and the adjacent villages. 

 

The Kolunga community was burdened with the challenges of walking for about 3 to 5 kilometers to the nearest health facility.  Our dispensary ended this burden by building a dispensary in the heart of our fishing community.

 

We offer cost effective health care services to about 3,500 community members. The services we offer are stated blow.


·      IMMUNIZATION

·      ANTE-NATAL AND POST –NATAL

·      FAMILY PLANNING

·      LUCD INSERTION

·      NORPLANTS INSERTION

·      INJECTABLE & PILLS

·      CERVIAL CANCER SCREENING

·      OUT-PATIENT

·      VCT/HTC

·      DBS COLLECTION & ARV’S PROVISION

 


 

As part of integrated approach to various health challenges in our community, we also provide health outreach services in local schools and other fishing beaches to reach the unreached.

 

In school outreach program we provide health talks and education on reproductive health for students between ages of 10 – 19. We teach life skills to promote abstinence and safer sex. Our school program has brought forth the benefit of increased school completion rate among young girls who were dropping out of school due to teenage pregnancy.  

We also organize yearly dental camps and provide eyeglasses at an affordable cost.

Together with other local community organizations we celebrate World Malaria Day and World Aids Day.

 

Our Mission

Rusinga Island Trust participates in community-driven initiatives in direct collaboration with partners working towards sustainable programs to help conquer extreme poverty by increasing opportunity and empowering the Rusinga Island Community.

Issues We Face

The small fishing village of Kolunga Beach on Rusinga Island in Kenya is in the midst of crisis.

The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate stands at approximately 41% in region. This pandemic has created vast numbers of orphans and at-risk helpless children in the village. The area is known to many as the Malaria Capital of the World, as approximately 20% of children under the age of five die of malaria and the disease remains the single highest cause of child and adult death in the area.

Raw sewage, over-fishing, and agricultural run-off are slowly destroying the lake’s ecosystem which, in turn, threatens the livelihoods and traditional lifestyles of the area’s residents. The unemployment rate is high; at the beach, desperate women exchange sex for fish from migrant fishermen so that they can feed their families.

The village’s only source of drinking water is Lake Victoria. The unclean water is the cause of waterborne diseases that are decimating the population and heath of the island. Proper latrines are not available to the small community to replace the inadequate ones present, and the village is without means to safely deposit human waste. The growing problem of trash in the area offers a startling counter to the village’s complete void of trees, having been cut down to be used as cooking fuel.

Our programs address these issues by supporting community-driven initiatives in direct collaboration with partners. Together, we are working towards sustainable programs to help conquer extreme poverty by increasing opportunity and empowering the Rusinga Island Community.