Organic Health Response is proud to have received a Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program (NEEP) grant from PATH / DFID. The grant will allow us to evaluate our pilot kanyakala nutrition programming, which includes curriculum sessions and food security planning with the East kanyakala groups. Our evaluation will assess whether community members and Community Health Volunteers who participated in and led our nutrition kanyakala curriculum nutrition have more nutrition knowledge than people who did not participate. In addition, we will use data from the RECH research study to examine quantitative changes in nutrition behavior. Finally, we will use focus groups to understand the ways our program did and did not work and make improvements in our work on Mfangano.
Last week our work on fish-for-sex relationships and fish decline in Lake Victoria was published in the journal of World Development. A big thank you to Katie Fiorella, Dan Omollo and our entire community health research team for their hard work!
Below is the citation:
Fiorella, K.J., Camlin, C.S., Salmen, C.R., Omondi, R. Hickey, M.D., Omollo, D.O., Milner, E.M., Bukusi, E.A., Fernald, L.C.H., Brashares, J.S. 2015. Transactional Fish-for-Sex Relationships Amid Declining Fish Access in Kenya. World Development. 74: 323-332.
We are hiring a new Community Health Nurse!
The Ekialo Kiona Community Health Nurse will be a full-time position that will assist in the management and provision of community health services to the Mfangano Island population. Primary responsibilities will include program development, administrative management, and participation in a local strategy for reproductive health, emergency response and regional advocacy for improved health.
View the job posting by clicking below.
The Research on Environmental and Community Health (RECH) Study is designed to understand the links between the health of people and their environment. Rech means ‘fish’ in Dholuo, and belies the focus of this research on the role that fish access plays in livelihoods, food security, and the health of young children on Mfangano.
To understand the links between fish catch and people’s health and well-being, we began working with over 300 households on Mfangano and 19 Beach Management Units in December 2012. For over two years since then, we visited these households every 3 months to learn about their fishing and farming activities, fish consumption, and growth and cognitive development of their young children. At the same time, we worked with local Beach Management Units (fishery co-managers and fish landing sites) to collect daily data on fish catch, prices, and fishing effort. We are excited to be completing the data collection for this study and tremendously grateful to the Mfangano families and fishers and OHR staff who supported this effort!
This research has already informed OHR’s programming, especially the Microclinics’ Nutrition Curriculum, support for malnutrition referrals and distribution of food supplements, and developing Food Security programming. We look forward to continuing to learn from this data and expanding our services on Mfangano – as well as contributing to our broader understanding of how environmental health affects human health, around Lake Victoria and beyond.
This research study is led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Please find out more about the initial results of our work on our Publications page and look for more results coming soon! Please feel free to be in touch with Katie Fiorella (kfiorella[@]organichealthresponse.org) for more information.
As our organization grows, we are excited to bring on a new Executive Director to lead our efforts. The Executive Director job description and application instructions are on the Executive Director Position page. We welcome any questions to Kelsi Hines at khines[@]organichealthresponse.org.
OHR is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic Executive Director committed to our mission of strengthening the health, resilience and voice of the greater Mfangano Island Community. We seek an ED who is interested in growing with our organization as a leader in our future progress. The ideal candidate has an aligned vision with the organization’s mission and experience in international development, operational and program management, and fundraising skills to support the organization’s expanding impact.
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, check out the job opening and send us your application! We are accepting applications through June 15, 2015.
What a difference a year can make. Early last year, we received this message from our friend Walter Opiyo, the emergency boat captain on Mfangano Island, Kenya:
26, Jan, 2014:
“It was around midnight the father called me for assistance, that his wife was feeling labor pain and I was worried due to the condition of the boat. So I called back to inform him to come down to the beach immediately. Imagine it was raining and the lake was wavy with strong winds. Therefore I decided to grab the boat very fast, since the situation was growing more worse that I could not wait long, the baby was almost coming out and Eve (the wife) was restless and weak due to pain.
Read the entire article here…
Our First Scholar Makes us Proud!
Last year saw our first batch of scholars sit their KCSE exams. On Tuesday this week, we all anxiously awaited their results after the Ministry of Education finally released the same.
As she had promised the scholarship committee in a meeting early last year, Sallah Beryll kept her promise by scoring B- (Minus) with very strong points to guarantee herself a slot for direct admission into the University. This was a very positive and encouraging news which dominated the headlines at EK Center for three days in a row!This is how Sallah performed:- English B-, Kiswahili B-, Mathematics D, Biology C+, Chemistry B-, Business Studies B-, History and Government B- and Christian Religious Education A-. Mean Grade B-Minus.
“I could not have achieved this without the support from OHR/EK center’s Scholarship Program. My dream to join University and pursue medical course is now a reality. I have always wished to save lives. Now it’s very crystal clear, I will one day save lives.” She said with smiles of triumph all over her face.
For Flevian Michael Ogweno, another first of EK’s scholars, her performance faired a bit lower due to serious challenges she faced with her former school which forced her to relocate last minute to a different school. She however managed a mean grade of C- (Minus).We’ll send out her performance per subject once we have them.
Many thanks to all the stakeholders who have worked either directly or indirectly to support the Ekialo Kiona Scholarship Program. These young ladies are proof that your support can move mountains. Congratulations scholars!
Written by Robinson Okeyo, EK Project Coordinator
Check out a recent article written by OHR’s Lily Muldoon, highlighting OHR’s Health Navigator and Emergnecy Response program. Read the article here- “Crossing Lake Victoria: Ambulance Boat and Health Navigators Provide Critical Care.”
Join us for an Organic Health Response Pint Night on Tuesday, November 11th from 5- 9pm at Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis!