This past Wednesday, OHR-EK launched our Health Navigation and Emergency Response Program from Mfangano East to include Mfangano South sub-location.
The Health Navigation Program aims to improve maternal and child health and reduce critical delays in emergency care through the establishment of a first responder and care coordination network. Together we train a cadre of community health workers to serve as “Health Navigators” for their communities, responding to health crises with basic first aid, coordination of local transport on our fleet of motorbikes & emergency boat, and facilitation of clear communication between the patient and provider, ensuring that each patient understands the severity of the illness and the potential care pathways. In addition, each Health Navigator helps pregnant women in their catchment areas develop a birth plan, to reduce the financial and socio-cultural barriers to accessing skilled care during labor and birth.
The launching ceremony was held in Ugina (Mfangano-South sub-location). During the ceremony, 10 newly trained Health Navigators from Mfangano South were introduced, and the Ministry of Health, along with community elders, and local health partners shared words of encouragement and collaboration. Today, the Health Navigator Program serves 2 sub-locations on Mfangano Island, with 20 Health Navigators trained in total.