16 Feb 2016
World Youth International
World Youth International (WYI) are “…provid(ing) weekly maternal care training to both the expectant and nursing mother every time they come for antenatal and prenatal clinic visits” WYI are committed to “enhancing quality of life, strengthening communities and reducing poverty through sustainable development projects”.
World Youth International is an Australian organisation that has been working with communities overseas for over 25 years, and providing leadership and volunteer opportunities for Australians all over the world. WYI are currently distributing kits at the Odede Community Health Centre.
The Odede Community Health Centre is located in rural Western Kenya, near Lake Victoria and about 2 hours’ drive from the nearest town, Kisumu. Poverty levels, infant and maternal mortality rates, and common diseases such as malaria and typhoid are very high in this area, and most people live in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day).
As of July 1st, 2014 the Odede Community Health Centre has treated over 7,000 patients and safely delivered 200 babies. Support programs for pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS provide education and counselling to over 200 people. Community Health Education programs on topics such as reproductive health, maternal health, hygiene and sanitation are carried out in Odede and surrounding community centres and schools three times a week.
The birthing delivery kits provided by the Birthing Kit Foundation provide invaluable materials for women in rural communities in Kenya to give birth safely. Not only have they aided in the delivery of many babies, they have also contributed to the Odede Community Health Centre so that it can utilise quality materials without the added financial burden.