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Doctor brings prenatal care to village

Adapted from Mission Network News: Posted: 4 November, 2010
Kenya ? Prenatal care is making a difference for the women of Olenkasurai, a rural Maasai village which never had medical care until missionary doctor Daniel Njuguna of Childcare Worldwide.
Njuguna focuses his work on treating patients and educating them about their health; his most frequent patients are women and children. He was concerned to see how common it has been for the women of the village of Olenkasurai to suffer severe infections after giving birth at home in unsanitary conditions.
“I had to create more health education classes centered on safe deliveries and the importance of giving birth in a health facility where cleanliness is high and safety precautions are taken,” Njuguna said. “The results of the classes have been positive!”
Over the last three months, Njuguna has seen a dramatic increase in the number of women coming to the clinic for prenatal care. Now he is offering them additional training in hygiene, newborn safety, and how to care for infants when they become ill.
“There have been 200 women who have come to our clinic after taking classes and seeing the importance of prenatal care,” Njuguna said. His training on HIV/AIDS prevention has also had an impact on the village. The number of patients with the dreaded disease has decreased since Njuguna came.

Photo courtesy of Childcare Worldwide

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