Our new program is underway: Plant A Seed, Grow A NurseNurses know that the secret of life is to make things grow. This value, theheart of the profession, is dramatic in sub-Saharan Africa because of theshortage of physicians & the challenges of healthcare in countries whereaccess to medical care is difficult and expensive. Nurses perform manyvaluable jobs, includingcaregiver decision maker teacher communicatormanager of care patient advocateThis is affirmed by one of our graduates, Godfrey Omboi, helped through his finalyears of nursing training by Project Harambee. See his story below.Our first GROW A NURSE candidate is Barbara Onyango, a 3rd year student atthe Catholic University of Eastern Africa whose family has fallen on hard times.$216 USD is the amount keeping her from entering her final year of nursing.Fees for her senior year are $2,500. We hope to raise that amount & prevent lossof this young woman's professional future Consider how many lives a nursetouches in her career & please help us help her.Join us in our quest to make the world a better place, a world more fair for us all.If you have a favorite nurse or nursing student, if your mom or brother or sister is anurse, give them a gift that is the quintessential tribute to their commitment:helping another to follow in their footsteps. For a birthday, Mother's Day, orretirement, donate $20 (or more) to PLANT A SEED, GROW A NURSE in theirname. We'll send you a lovely gift card to present to them explaining our programand your gift. TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD...ONE NEW NURSEAT A TIME!*****************************************************************************From Godfrey Omboi:"Nursing has been enjoyable both as a tutor and in the clinical areas. I havebeen able to help my parents to educate my siblings through the money that Iearn as a salary. I am grateful for Project Harambee to help me realize this."While I was a volunteer at Nyumbani Lea Toto Clinic, helping children livingwith HIV aids, I came across a case that I will never forget in my life."A small boy of 14 years old who was infected with HIV during birth had notbeen receiving care. Before he came, had been suffering from a condition thatthe parents said was just a common cold which they managed at home throughover the counter drugs. Little did they know that their son was suffering fromHIV infection? When he became worse, they took him to the hospital forinpatient care. There the physician diagnosed HIV infection with CD4 count of54. At this point the young boy was vulnerable to the opportunistic infection.He was emaciated, with poor appetite and in pain, his life was in danger!Unfortunately that hospital did not have antiretroviral drugs and hence hewas transferred to our facility. Our facility was well equipped we managed todo several tests and established his clinical status. After that, the boy wasstarted on Anti-retroviral therapy, counseling and nutritional therapy andfollow up. We followed up the boy and within three months he was up. I wasreally touched by the success and I saw how much we helped save a life ofyoung boy. This among many other cases that I have encountered as a nurseand I have seen various life's changed."Being a nurse has been a satisfactory experience connecting to thesuffering patients, offering care to them and bringing a smile on their faces. Ihave served a number of patients with various conditions that are debilitatingbut seen them recover."In Kenya, it is easier to train nurses than medical doctors. In ourcountry the clinics at the community level are managed by nurses who treatminor illness or provide initial care to a patient before transfer for specializedcare to a facility where they will be tended to by physicians."At the referral hospitals, nurses again play a vital role in the care of ourpatients. They provide patients with total nursing care, including assistingwith activities of daily living, tending to psychological needs & providingspecialized care in emergencies before a physician can be called."Most of the nurses in Kenya are certificate nurses and some are diplomaholders, this means that they are not adequately prepared to take care of apatient comprehensively in case of an emergency hence might lead to loss ofa life or complication of a disease hence debilitating the patients. To curb this,the government recently introduced degree programs in nursing to equipnurses to provide advanced care. However this hasn't picked well becausemost Kenyans are not able to afford the cost for training as a nurse, about4000 USD per year."
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