Bakashana built a health centre and female friendly space in 2019, in collaboration with The Anna Lalor Burdick Foundation . From this centre, we offer free health services for underserved populations in the Kasama District. These services include:
Family Planning Services
Starting in 2019, Bakashana began offering free family planning services to our clients. In collaboration with John Snow International (JSI) , We offer short-and-long-term family planning options to our clients, from daily pills to IUDs which can last for 12 years. Women who are empowered to make informed choices about their birth control methods are more likely to adhere to that method and keep their families at a manageable size.
HIV/AIDs prevention, counselling, testing and treatment
In partnership with JSI and the Ministry of Health, we are offering free HIV/AIDs testing and counselling at our center. As many of those who frequent our Resource Center are youth, we are amp-ing up our promotion of PREP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) to help young people Prevent the contraction of HIV. To close the gap between a positive test and effective treatment, we provide discrete, anonymous and confidential Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) for clients found positive for HIV.
Under Five Services
We are providing free growth monitoring and immunizations for our Kasama Community. Clients prefer our centre because we provide high quality care with shorter waiting times than local government alternatives. Offering family planning services from the same centre means that it is convenient for mothers to access prophylactics, while simplifying the process for our staff to sensitize mothers on the importance of responsibly managing their family’s size.
For those clients who fear that their confidentiality may be compromised at a Government facility, or that they will not be treated with the respect and prompt service they deserve, we offer Referral to outside medical services, after examination by our certified Nurse. We also offer medical advocacy services to ensure that our underserved and vulnerable clients are receiving the services they deserve at local Government medical facilities.
Go back to our health page to learn more about other health services, or check out our education or resource center services pages to learn more about the other support we offer underserved members of the Kasama community.