SWAP is member of the COVID 19 Rapid Reponse teams would like to scale up the training and distribution of essential supplies to health facilities and evacuation camps to protect health workers and mitigate the community transmission of COVID 19.
SWAP as member of the COVID 19 Rapid Response teams in two counties as well as active member of the Western Kenya Humanitarian Hub will in consultation help identify the most essential needs and supplies required by all public health facilities in Kisumu and Siaya County. We shall further offer training to the health workers and community health volunteers attached to the link facilities on COV...SEE ALL
SWAP as member of the COVID 19 Rapid Response teams in two counties as well as active member of the Western Kenya Humanitarian Hub will in consultation help identify the most essential needs and supplies required by all public health facilities in Kisumu and Siaya County. We shall further offer training to the health workers and community health volunteers attached to the link facilities on COVID 19 prevention, hygiene promotion and social behavioral change communication. Community health volunteers will monitor proper hand washing and do demonstrations, and visit on average 50 households with health messaging about social distancing, wearing face masks and hand washing. SWAP will also identify the households affected by flood currently in Kisumu county in 25 evacuation camps. They will be supported with supplies and health education using SBCC. SWAP will report back to the COVID 19 response teams as well as the Humanitarian Hub on supplies issued and training using a matrix which is shared at National level. SEE LESS
Stage 5: Scaling
SWAP established a research department with a water lab to evaluate the health and economic impact of public health interventions, products and technologies. SWAP's emergency response focused on flood, cholera prevention and COVID 19.
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The COVID 19 pandemic is rapidly spreading in Kenya where we are now witnessing community spread. The health facilities are ill equipped and hard to reach. The area is experiencing erratic weather with many areas flooded. The health workers are not well trained and do not have sufficient supplies, such as hand washing stations, soaps, masks, and other protective materials. With the chronic shortage of the most essential supplies there is high risk of hospital acquired infections.
SWAP has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Humanitarian hub members to respond to outbreaks and emergencies such as flood and cholera. SWAP has a well experienced team and also supplies which can support the prevention of spread. With additional supplies and training on hygiene promotion and social behavioral change and preventive measures on COVID-19, the health workers will be able to practice hygiene and prevent hospital acquired infections.
We shall target 1000 health workers from public health facilities in Kisumu and Siaya County, which is an area where we have several programs and excellent collaboration with the Ministry of Health. SWAP is represented in both these counties COVID 19 Rapid Response teams. We shall incorporate the community health volunteers who are linked to these facilities. SWAP will further target households who are displaced by flood in evacuation camps who are more vulnerable and in need of support.
Mission and Vision
Vision: A healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life
Mission: To provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of communities,
We aim to protect health workers and prevent community spread of COVID 19 reaching the most vulnerable communities.
Health workers will be more aware about the required Water and Sanitation standards and we will see more efforts from the Government to budget and influence policies.
SWAP has build up excellent networks over the years and is recognized as one of the key organizations offering quality public health programs, research and emergency response. We are members of the COVID 19 Rapid response teams, the Western Region Humanitarian Hub and several Ministry of Health led technical working groups on WASH, Universal Health Coverage. In 2019 SWAP was Chair and Fund manager of the 3rd National UHC conference. We are senior team members of Kisumu County Health Advisory Council. We represent many meetings in the health sector on behalf of HENNET, the Health NGO Network, as active member since 2009 and between 2017 and 2019 SWAP served as National Chair.
We have a team of experts with diversified skills and are familiar with all of the health facilities as well as all the evacuation camps. We have excellent systems and controls, but are efficient and able to respond fast during emergencies. We have experience with major international donor funds regulations.
Planned Goals and Milestones
We have provided minimum support to the health facilities through fund raising on crowdfunding and social media. We have identified a number of gaps which urgently need support. Health workers threaten to down their tool because of being ill prepared for the outbreak. The floods and erratic weather has been overwhelming, Households in the evacuation camps do not have access to personal protective equipment and there is limited awareness on COVID 19. We therefore wish to scale our activities.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||300,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Kenya|
|Recruit||Will work with existing team but increase their level of effort |
|New Feature||Include social behavioral change communication and hygiene promotion in our interventions |
The Team Behind the Innovation
Alie Eleveld - Founder SWAP and permanent resident in Kenya with 35 years of experience in Public Health, Master in Public Health with the London School of Tropical Medicine
Alex Mwaki - Country Director - 25 years of experience in WASH and Public Health
Edith Alu - Program Manager - 20 years of experience in primary health care, HIV and program management as well as expert in SBCC programming
George Odhiambo - Training Manager and co founder of SWAP, expert in SBCC and Hygiene promotion
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN