ABOUT ELDORET HOSPICE
The birth of Eldoret Hospice originated from Sister Rose Abira a nurse who was working at Eldoret District Hospital, now The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), in the year 1994. She came across a woman writhing in pain with a diagnosis of cervical cancer stage four having been discharged to go home with no indication of further support from the health care team. It is an Out Patient Facility where patients and their care givers are attended to in their homes to a radius of 70 kilometres.
Mrs. Abira approached the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret and spoke to Fr. Korir now Bishop Korir to seek support towards establishment of a hospice within Eldoret. Bishop Korir introduced her to Fr. Durr who was a guest in the diocese, visiting from Ireland.
She also talked to the Hospitals Management, and she was allowed to set up an out-patient clinic in a small room within the Hospital. Five nurses including Rose were sent to Nairobi Hospice for a five days orientation training, after which palliative care services commenced.
In the meantime, Fr. Durr assisted in raising funds that resulted in securing land and setting up a building that now houses Eldoret Hospice. The facility was handed over to the community in the year 2001. A Board was formed to oversee its running.
It consists of 14 members drawn from various fields in the community and varied professional backgrounds. All Board Members are volunteers who have dedicated their time and services to ensure smooth running of this facility.
It is this facility that began with one patient that has over the years seen over 4000 patients with cancer, HIV, renal, kidney failure and other life limiting illnesses since its inception.
The Eldoret Hospice currently has a dedicated team of 3 nurses, 1 occupational therapist, (seconded from the County Government) 1 medical doctor, 1 administrator, 1 social worker and a housekeeping staff (seconded from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital) and the Hospice has employed 4 staff. 1 driver, 1 housekeeper, a secretary and a grounds man.
SERVICES OFFERED AT ELDORET HOSPICE
• Out Patient Clinic
• Home-Based Care Service
• Day Care
• Internship, Training/ Research and mentorship programmes
• Provision of Medical Equipment (walking frames, beds, wheelchairs, commode, crutches, etc).
• Cancer advocacy and awareness, free screening of mainly breast, cervical and prostate.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Event Month Activities
World Cancer Month 4th February 4 days free screening
Walk through Eldoret Town to Hospice to mark the day.
Family Fun fare During Easter Holiday Fun activities with well children and those with cancer and others with life limiting illnesses.
Childhood Cancer awareness month 9th September Fun fare with the sick children and their caretakers.
Breast Cancer Month October Sensitization campaigns on Hospice services, screening and pink gala night.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2nd week of October Walk, awareness campaign, screening
Annual Charity dinner 2nd week of December Charity Dinner
End of year party 3rd week of December Pre-christmas party organized by the community for patients and their caregivers.
Community Screening and Campaigns As per community’s invitation or partners request. Sensitization campaigns and screening.
Our key partners are the County Government, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, SOS Medical Clinic, Family Health Trust, Alexandria Cancer Centre, St. Lukes Hospital Eldoret Hospital and the Community at large.
Why Support Eldoret Hospice
• It is a known fact that Eldoret Hospice is a Charitable Non Profit Making Organization. Many people come expecting free services yet it does not have adequate income.
• Majority of the patients seek our services or are referred to us when they are already financially drained and without money, having gone through many diagnosis and treatment.
• Patients who cannot afford curative care are always referred to the Hospice for pain management other distressing symptoms.
• Drugs used for cancer pain management are not readily available over the counter and are also not affordable to many.
• Our major activity is Home Based Care. This requires facilitation through availability of a good vehicle, fuel, supply of drugs and personnel.
• Patients who decline to undergo surgery are always referred to Hospice for Palliative Care and Pain Management.
• Eldoret Hospice depends on support from its members and well-wishers, and the finances raised are not adequate due to increased number of patients and services.
• We are overstretched and overwhelmed by the number of patients referred to us since we are known as a Charitable Non Profit Making facility in Eldoret.
1. Mr. M. Jama Madhar - Chairman
2. Mrs. Jane Nyariki - Deputy Chair
3. Mr. Tirlochan .S. Matharu - Treasurer
4. Fr. William Kosgei - Secretary
5. Mr. George .K. Karanja - Chair Finance Committee
6. Mr. Ranauta - Chair Fund Raising Committee
7. Dr. Nathan .K. Buziba - Chair medical Committee
8. Dr. Victoria Naanyu - Member
9. Dr. Zeph Gaya - Member
10. Mrs. Josephine Pohland - Member
11. Mrs. Daksh Lodhia - Member
12. Dr. Claudio Owino - Member
13. Ms. Lucy Kamau - Member
14. Mrs. Roseline Odede - Legal Advisor
ABOUT ELDORET HOSPICE