Improving Health & Quality of Life
Safe Water (Water Packs)
Through our partnership with Greif and PackH20, Partners for Care has raised funds to distribute over 20,000 award-winning water backpacks to households, schools, businesses, and hospitals throughout Kenya. These packs help eliminate waterborne illnesses caused by carrying water in contaminated jerry cans, and provides an easy, inexpensive method for transporting and storing safe drinking water.
Our goal is to reach a million people in East Africa with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. To date, over 500,000 people have heard the message and nearly 60,000 have signed commitment cards pledging to do their part to stop the spread of this disease. Every PFC program incorporates teaching on how to prevent HIV/AIDS and encourages people to get tested to know their status.
Because there are very few things young people love more than music, Partners for Care organizes concerts by our music team to reach out and engage with young and old alike. The concerts also provide a forum for sharing the message of HIV/AIDS with a large audience, as well as the hope offered through a personal relationship to Jesus. To date PFC has held nearly 2,000 such events, reaching over 500,000 people. Over 10,000 people have tested to know their HIV status. Our goal is to reach a million people with the message of HIV/AIDS, and we’ll keep going until we reach them all.
Malaria Prevention (Bed Nets)
Thousands of children’s lives can be saved through the use of a simple, specially-treated bed net costing less than $10. It is PFC’s goal to provide bed nets to those most in need. To date, almost 10,000 bed nets have been distributed and we continue to raise funds to provide many more.
Medical Clinics & mHealth
Partners for Care serves the most marginalized people, typically those who live on less than a dollar a day. Because they cannot afford to visit a doctor, we provide healthcare services through our partnership with Marurui Health Clinic and through our mHealth (mobile health) program. mHealth uses mobile-phone based technology to allow non-medical personnel to visit patients in the slums of Nairobi and transmit patient information to a physician in a remote location. The patient can then be triaged and monitored for progress without ever leaving their home.
Jiggers are a small flea-like insect that burrows into the skin of fingers and toes and eats away the flesh. It is extremely painful and often renders the child unable to walk, sleep, play, or attend school. With proper treatment, Pastor Hirbo in Marsabit and Pastor Peter in Watamu have treated and cured these infections, enabling over 5,000 people (mostly children) to regain their health and return to work and school. Their staff also help educate village residents on ways to protect against future infections and how to treat them if they do reoccur.