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Summer Health Fairs

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Margaret Gaughran


Hi All!

If you follow my blog ( you might be aware that I am finishing my first semester of the Mount Sinai Masters in Global Public Health. As part of my degree (and because I love Kenya!) I will be returning to Daraja this summer!
I was asked to come up with a project that would be useful to the global health community, and this will eventually give birth to my Masters thesis. Here is what I have come up with so far:

Last time I was in Kenya I often wrote about how little structure there was in terms of healthcare and health education. I arrived at Daraja intending to teach CPR. I then found myself teaching first aid, creating an emergency plan for sick students or staff, putting together first aid kids for the school, and fundraising to help a baby with a broken leg.

I have decided that the best thing I can do for Daraja and the global health community is continue to educate the students on health. Topics will include nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, maternal and child health (including the importance of exclusive breast feeding for infants), alcohol and substance abuse prevention, and healthy lifestyles. Have any other ideas? TELL ME!

After about 4 weeks of these classes I will be preparing the girls to become "health educators" themselves! They will be working to set up health fairs in their respective villages or in the town of their choice. My hope is that by teaching these girls to teach others, I can spread the knowledge all around Kenya!

So where do you come in? Here is the downside: I am financially on my own because I am choosing to embark on my own journey rather than take on a project already started by Mount Sinai. The students who go to Africa through a school sponsored project will be receiving $3000 for food, airfare, lodging, and any other living expense. I could have taken the easy route and gone with their funding, but we all know I seem to be severely allergic to anything easy or simple.

So can you donate a dollar? Can you send me well wishes? Can you donate a box of gauze or an article on healthy living? Could you send this website to someone else? Anything you can do, please do!



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