- Melinda Gates (in Black) wife of Bill Gates, with Alie (in Blue) visited SWAP Vendor in Nyalenda,Kisumu in 2006
SWAP has since 2007 established a research department with technical support from CDC Atlanta undertaking various effectiveness studies, collecting both quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the health and economic impact of some of SWAP’s interventions and its distribution model. The research findings keep SWAP informed and its findings are also shared with the community leaders, international conferences, journals and publications. These findings have been instrumental in informing policies and implementation models worldwide.
SWAP acquired land at Ahero, about 100 meters from the Nyando River to put up a model village which is intended to showcase the interventions that SWAP deals with in the community. These include; Safe Water system products, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), improved traditional kitchen and the Pampers Baby and Family Care center. Inside the SMV the sky hydrant was installed with funding and support from Janivo foundation, Aquaya Institute, Global Water challenge, Proctor and Gamble, IPA among other private well-wishers. The system draws water from the river using a fuel powered pump. The water is purified and then sold to the community at very low cost.
The center has a community banda which provides space for community meetings, trainings and health education, clean toilet with a handwashing facility for demonstration. Solar has been installed to provide for electricity and outside there is a chlorine dispenser to chlorinate the water
Leaders Orientation workshops This is a one day meeting with opinion leaders in a District and its purpose is to orient leaders and introduce them to the SWAP’s model, its staff, the basket of goods, share research findings and get the leaders involvement and support to mobilize the communities to adopt healthier behaviors. Targeted leaders include the Provincial Administration, Churches, Local Authorities and Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.
SWAP creates awareness to HIV support groups and builds their capacity.
Groups targeted are widows, people living with HIV, home based care groups, youth groups, orphan support groups and other self help groups.
The purpose of this project is to provide a rapid integrated response to cholera outbreaks to reduce morbidity and mortality, and prevent the spread of illness. The project was initiated in 2006 with funding from Global Disease Detection and the Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To implement this project, SWAP partners with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Population Services International (PSI), and the Red Cross. Response activities have two principal components: Training of personnel from the Ministry of Health, Red Cross, local government personnel, NGO personnel, schoolteachers, and others.Distribution of water treatment and hygiene products.
SWAP sells both wholesale and retail from the office. SWAP is also selling to partner organizations. The following are some of the products in SWAP’s Basket.
• WaterGuard, PuR, Aquatabs, Mosquito Nets, Condoms, Ceramaji, Hand washing Buckets e.t.c.
SWAP has been supporting orphans and vulnerable children with psycho-social support including counseling and referrals, school fees and requirements. SWAP further offers support to approximately 100 desperate orphans and vulnerable children per year by providing counseling, referral and clearance of areas of fees. SWAP encourages cost sharing with the caretakers.
The above response started during the post election violence whereby SWAP was supporting internally displaced and returnees with health products, material support and counseling. The main aim was to prevent diarrhea, malaria and other infections.
SWAP participates in many occasions and has exhibitions and promotion of health products during Global Hand Washing Day and World AIDS Marathon., international water day, NGO week e.t.c.
SWAP has for the sixth year organized the World AIDS Marathon bringing together runners from all walks of life. The World AIDS Marathon is held on the 1st of December. Activities include full and half marathon, relays, walk for vulnerable children, Voluntary and Counseling services, Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment, Condom Demonstrations, Exhibitions, Safe Water Demonstrations.
HCM- Health Communication and Marketing Program
Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) renewed its partnership with Population Services Kenya (PSK) and signed a 5 year sub award agreement in November 2016- 2021. The Five years Health Communication and Marketing (HCM) program targets Migori County in Western Kenya with focus of implementation being Malaria and diarrhea Prevention. The rationale behind this is that Migori County is among counties with high malaria prevalence countrywide. Implementation of the HCM project kicked off with Nyatike Sub – county as the start point.
The overall goal for the HCM project focuses on; Health of Kenyans improved through increased uptake of Reproductive Health/ Family Planning (RH/FP), HIV, Malaria products and services.
Implementation of social marketing and health communication within the health sector aims to build the sustainability of Ministry of Health (MOH) to lead, coordinate and implement initiatives.
SWAP through its established structures engages the communities through Malaria and Diarrhea Inter Personal Communication (IPC) intervention by adoption of the social behavior Change Communication (SBCC) as a strategy focused on increasing adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors in regards to the following key health result areas namely,
1: Increased use of quality health services, products and information through Client focused demand creation activities expanded and Social marketing of health products expanded
2: Strengthened capacity of government to Lead, manage and govern Health Communications and marketing Counties leadership and management of health communications and marketing activities strengthened and Public health sector engagement and oversight.
3: Improved use of information for decision making through use of program monitoring and Formative research improved.
SWAP works with existing Community Units (CU’s) and Community Health Volunteers (CHV’s) who champion the SBCC in the households. Malaria, diarrhoea IPC program is implemented through household visits and Small group session (SGS) meetings. The trained community health volunteers contribute significantly towards the government health agenda by taking services to the local level.