Health teams and volunteers develop resources and collaborate with regional organizations
The surrounding physical environment impacts the health of this community. Sanitation is a major threat to the health of the children at Good Samaritan in the Mathare slums. An open sewer runs in front of the compound and the children sometimes play near or in the contaminated water. ACOHF is helping to finance new culverts in this immediate area to protect the children from these dangerous and unsanitary conditions.
In June 2013 ACOHF provided support for a community health team from Loyola University Chicago Nursing School , Chiro One Wellness Centers in Chicago, and Regina Pacis University College Nursing School in Nairobi to provide some initial assessment and medical health care for orphans in the Mathare slums. The most common ailments found in these children were skin diseases, fungal infections, worms and parasites. The team took in medical supplies and provided basic treatment to these children. A chiropractor also assessed and adjusted the children as needed for disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which affect general health with back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.