This past September 2015, at a ceremony
held at Mwanda Dispensary, sub-county Kinango, Dr.
Athuman N Chiguzo stated, “a simple microscope can make
a big difference in improving the quality of service
delivery at rural dispensary level.”
Dr. Chiguzo knows first-hand the
impact a microscope can make in detecting
anomalies through analysis of specimens which
lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of
Throughout his years in rural and
community health, Dr. Chiguzo has been on the
frontline of healthcare initiatives in
under-resourced areas, where the smallest things
can make a big difference.
Now, as a member of the Executive
Committee of Kwale County responsible for
Medical and Public Health Services, he shares
his knowledge and insights to contribute to more
improvements in healthcare.
During the ceremony, Dr. Chiguzo
handed over a new microscope - donated by an
anonymous well-wisher - to the Deputy
Chairperson of the Mwanda Dispensary Health
Committee Mrs. Fatuma Karumbi. Mwanda
dispensary, which is managed by Nurse Incharge
Ms. Joyce Kinamah, is one of the 20 dispensaries
that serve as a ‘first level contact health
facility’; this and other dispensaries have been
supported by the Aga Khan University’s
Department of Community Health based in Mombasa,
Microscope handed over by Dr. Athuman Chiguzo
to the Deputy Chairperson of the Mwanda
Dispensary Health Committee Mrs. Fatuma Karumbi
and Mwanda Medical Lab Technician Kombo Mwarimo
In this vein, the Medical Laboratory
Technician of Mwanda Dispensary was provided with three
days of intensive orientation and skills training on the
effective use of the microscope at the laboratory of Aga
Khan Hospital, Mombasa.
The primary goal in supporting these
health facilities is to establish and sustain Community
Units, which are served by trained community health
More specifically, the CHWs are
trained to deliver community-based health care for the
benefit of improving access and quality of health
services for pregnant mothers and children less than 5
years of age.
This project - popularly known as Mama
Na Mtoto (MNM) - was sponsored by the European Union and
co-funded by Aga Khan Foundation/UK; it is now
completing its second phase by the end of December 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Amyn
Lakhani, Director of the Department of Community Health,
thanked the government health officials including Dr.
Mwaleso Kishindo, Chief of Health, Kwale County and Dr.
Judith Gitau, Sub-County Medical Officer, Kinango, for
supporting MNM project for the last 7 years in Kwale
Dr. Lakhani also thanked members of
the dispensary committee and local CHWs whose daily
efforts made the MNM project a success.
In closing, Dr. Lakhani mentioned the
start of a new health systems development project for
the sub-county of Kaloleni to begin in 2016.
The project, which is sponsored by the
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and
Development and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada, will be
implemented by the Aga Khan Health Service, Aga Khan
University, and the Aga Khan Foundation.