MedTreks Kenya Itinerary
Day 1-2: Global Health Conference
Meet at the hotel in Nairobi in the morning for the MedTreks Kenya orientation and Global Health Conference. We will spend the day learning from guest speakers on various global health topics. The conference will be held in the lovely meeting space and includes a delicious buffet lunch, tea, snacks and all course materials.
MedTreks Kenya Global Health Seminar Topics
Core concepts in Global Health in the 21st century
- Updates in Humanitarian Medicine, Innovations and Technology
- Immerging Issues in International Medicine
- Environmental health: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
- Nutrition & Family Planning
- Child & Maternal health in the developing world
- Key concepts in effective medical aid & community health
- Self Care for Healthcare: wellness tips for medical professionals
Monday ~ Friday Itinerary in the village
The weekdays are packed full of clinics, workshops, and training.
A typical day in the field looks like this:
7am: Yoga + Morning Workout (Optional)
8am: Breakfast at the hotel, followed by global health discussions
10am-4pm: Fieldwork-Conducting Mobile Clinics or Training the Health Staff (lunch in the field)
5pm: Team Debriefing & Global Health Discussions
6pm: Global Health Lectures or Games
7pm: Dinner & Free Time
Here is the list of the activities during the week:
Mobile School Clinics
A unique opportunity to travel to rural schools on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and experience the life of the village children. Our role will be to assist HopeCore in providing medical services and implementing educational resources. We will have the opportunity to help triage, perform growth monitoring, screen for common childhood illnesses and provide basic immunizations and age-related health education.
Community Outreach: “pop-up” clinics
We join HopeCore in setting up mobile clinics throughout the community and perform a variety of free health services to the villagers including infectious disease screening, blood pressure, and glucose testing, family planning and health education.
Health Education Workshops and Skills Day
The main goal of our MedTreks program is to help strengthen the healthcare capacity in Kenya by providing continuing education, skills training, and health information to the HopeCore public health team. Throughout the week our teams collaborate in various skills workshops with topics including CPR, First Aid, wound care, dermatology, pediatrics, acute care, palliative care, maternal health and perinatal care, leadership and teambuilding, telemedicine and health information and technology.
Community Outreach: Home Visits
A highlight of the trip is when the MedTreks teams get a chance to go out into the community and provide home visits. The home visits can occur two different ways: 1) visiting the Micro Enterprise clients to learn about their community business and 2) shadowing a community health worker into the field to conduct a home visit to provide basic health screening & education. Both experiences offer a rich perspective into the interplay between health & development.