Sep 23, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: i4lifeadmin

On Friday 26 September, RTÉ Nationwide will feature the work of

Immunisation 4 Life in Zambia. The programme will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 at

7.00pm.

Sep 22, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: i4lifeadmin

Our volunteers are just back from the most recent trip. More information to follow.

Apr 16, 2014
Category: General
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In April, four volunteers travelled to Zambia for 8 days. The focus of the visit was to follow up on the Under 5 Nutrition Clinic. In addition the volunteers met with the local area Nutritionist as part of ongoing further progress with the project.

Dec 19, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: i4lifeadmin

The Immunisation 4 Life volunteers held a fundraising event in the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square Galway on Monday 23 December from 6pm to 9pm.

The event raised appoximately €1000 and we are extremely grateful to everyone who supported the event.

The funds will be used to help with the running costs of the nutrition and under 5s clinics.


Christmas fundraising

Please join us on... Monday, 23 December from 6.00pm – 9.00pm for a night of Christmas Carols, Treats, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies with a special appearance by SANTA at the Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square, Galway.

Oct 1, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: i4lifeadmin

In April, four volunteers travelled to Zambia for 8 days. The focus of the visit was to strengthen the links between the Clinic and the community. The I4L group brought the mobile tent to very impoverished zones in the shanty town of the Linda Province for screening in the community. The aim was to reach vulnerable and at risk families – families with HIV or where a grandmother is looking after children. A documentary crew from Ireland accompanied the volunteers.

Shanty town in the Linda Province, Zambia

In September, four volunteers travelled to Zambia for 8 days. The focus of the visit was on the Under 5s Clinic and the Nutrition Clinic. The I4L group also met with the Irish Ambassador and the Unicef representative in Lusaka.

 

 

Dec 31, 2012
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Posted by: i4lifeadmin

In June, seven volunteers travelled to Zambia for 10 days. The Nutrition Clinic officially started and on the first day, over 400 infants under 5 attended. The I4L group brought over a mobile tent to base the Clinic in. After this visit, the Zambian Health Authorities officially recognised the Nutrition Clinic and assigned a nutritionist to cover it. The I4L group also provided health education to the local Zambian staff including screening for malnutrition and advice on the appropriate food to use.

Immunisation 4 Life volunteers with NERI Clinics staff in June 2012. Back row from left: Maeve Gacquin, Senior Dietician, Galway Clinic; Stephanie Coen, Midwife, Galway University Hospitals; Maura Moran, PHN, Galway; Katherine Farrell, PHN, Galway; Hilary Lane, PHN, Cork; and Dr Kevin Connolly, Consultant Paediatrician. Front row NERI Clinics Staff, from left: Sr Barbra Banda, Gift Mwale, Mr Tenford Banda, Harriet Chongo, Philip Mubanga, Sr Gienala Kaluba and Sarah Franklin.

The second trip to Zambia was in November and five volunteers travelled on this trip. The rains hadn’t come and the crops were failing so there was a high incidence of malnutitrion among children. An opportunity arose for two of the I4L group, both Consultant Paediatricians to do a round at the local hospital where there were many acutely ill children.


 

Oct 1, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: i4lifeadmin

Immunisation 4 Life is a group of volunteer health professionals from the West of Ireland, many of whom currently work or have worked with the HSE, who came together in 2009 to organise immunisation programmes and child health clinics for under 5s in the poorer countries of the world and to provide teams in emergency and developing situations to support existing charities and NGOs.

Stephanie Coen, Midwife, Galway University Hospitals, admitting mothers and their babies to the nutrition clinic in the Linda Province, Lusaka, Zambia in June 2012.

The group consists of experienced Public Health Nurses and Doctors with Dr Kevin Connolly (former Consultant Paediatrician, Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe) as Medical Director. In addition to Dr. Connolly, founder members include Maura Moran, PHN Headford; Carmel Whiriskey, RM, RG, Loughrea; Corrine Mannion, RM, Galway; Katherine Farrell, PHN, Barna; Marilyn Kelly, Asst. Director of Public Health Nursing, Galway; Dr Mary Fitzgerald, Senior AMO, Galway; Dr Kathryn Chambers, AMO, Galway; Mary Holian, former PHN, Tuam; and Maeve Gacquin, Senior Dietician, Galway Clinic.

In 2011, Immunisation 4 Life created a partnership with a well-established charity in Zambia, called the NERI Clinics, ( www.nericlinics.org) which has a busy Primary Health Care clinic in the Linda Province on the outskirts of the capital Lusaka. The NERI Clinics are managed by two Irish GPs and run by qualified health professionals from Zambia. To date Immunisation 4 Life has undertaken three trips to the NERI Clinics involving 21 volunteers. The average trip lasts for 10 days and the volunteers travel on their own time, taking holidays from work and paying for the trip themselves.

Maura Moran is one of the driving forces behind the group. She had previous experience volunteering with an NGO in emergency situations in Africa and recognised that there was huge good will and experience in the West of Ireland that could be used to help those living in the developing countries. She said, “I knew from my experience in Africa before I started working with the HSE that there were children and families living in very difficult circumstances and that we have such abundance here that it would take very little to make a huge difference in other people’s lives. I was lucky that I met like-minded people and together we started this charity.

“In addition to looking at immunisation we are also very interested in providing support to address the problem of malnutrition which isn’t just a case of lack of food but rather lack of appropriate food. On one of our early trips to Zambia we surveyed the nutritional status of children under 5 years in the Linda Province and found that 2% were severely malnourished and 17% had moderate malnutrition. This has serious short and long term implications for the health and wellbeing of these children and in order to address the problem we developed a nutritional programme which involved recruiting and training the Community Health Workers to screen for malnutrition and then to assist in running a weekly nutrition and under 5s clinic where moderately malnourished children attend for extra feeding or supplementary feeding. Up to 150 children attend this weekly clinic at any one time where they are monitored for progress until they have achieved ideal weight for height, and maintain it for 4 weeks.

“Without this clinic many of the children with severe malnutrition would be referred to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka where they would be admitted for at least 8 weeks. A family member, usually the mother has to stay with the child which is disruptive to family life and could compromise the wellbeing of other children at home. And also unfortunately the mortality rates are very high at 30%. It is too soon to gather data on the success of the nutrition clinics we have developed but we know that we are able to provide the necessary care to these children in their community without the disruption that a hospital stay would cause.

“We are also committed to providing a rapid response to provide vaccination programmes in emergency situations such as refugee camps, conflict situations and natural disasters. As a dynamic, flexible and motivated group of professionals, our priority is to implement a successful vaccination programme which will benefit thousands of children.  We have a special interest in the measles vaccination but are willing to participate in any vaccination programme that will help save lives.

“We are just at the start of a long journey but already we have seen the difference we can make which spurs us forward. We have recruited volunteers who are highly qualified with relevant medical and nursing experience and we have developed our clinical and administration guidelines. We can offer expertise in immunisation and child health to NGOs and Governments and we support the Millenium Development Goals through education, participation and collaboration with local agencies and relevant groups.

 

 

Stephanie Coen, Midwife, Galway University Hospitals, admitting mothers and their babies to the nutrition clinic in the Linda Province, Lusaka, Zambia in June 2012.

Sep 14, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: i4lifeadmin

Immunisation 4 Life is hosting a night at the Dogs at Galway Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 22 September (first race at 8.30pm) in order to raise funds for a Nutrition Clinic in Zambia.

The aim of Immunisation 4 Life is to organise immunisation programmes and child health clinics for under 5s in the poorer countries of the world and to provide teams in emergency and developing situations to support existing charities and NGOs.

Volunteers with Immunisation 4 Life a charity holding a night at the Dogs in Galway on 22 September to raise funds for a Nutrition Clinic in Zambia, from left: Carmel Whiriskey, Corinne Mannion, Maeve Gacquin, Maura Moran, Mary Holian and Eithna Moran.

The group consists of experienced Public Health Nurses and Doctors with Dr Kevin Connolly (former Consultant Paediatrician, Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe) as Medical Director. In addition to Dr. Connolly, founder members include Maura Moran, Public Health Nurse Headford; Carmel Whiriskey, Registered Midwife and Registered General Nurse, Loughrea; Corrine Mannion, Registered Midwife, Galway; Katherine Farrell, Public Health Nurse, Barna; Marilyn Kelly, Asst. Director of Public Health Nursing, Galway; Mary Holian, former Public Health Nurse, Tuam; and Maeve Gacquin, Senior Dietician, Galway Clinic.

In 2011, Immunisation 4 Life created a partnership with a well-established charity in Zambia, called the NERI Clinics, which has a busy Primary Health Care clinic in the Linda Province on the outskirts of the capital Lusaka. The NERI Clinics are managed by two Irish GPs and run by qualified health professionals from Zambia. To date Immunisation 4 Life has undertaken three trips to the NERI Clinics involving 21 volunteers. The average trip lasts for 10 days and the volunteers travel on their own time, taking holidays from work and paying for the trip themselves.

Maura Moran, one of the founder members explains how the Nutrition Clinic in Zambia developed. She says, “In addition to looking at immunisation we are also very interested in providing support to address the problem of malnutrition which isn’t just a case of lack of food but rather lack of appropriate food.

“On one of our early trips to Zambia we surveyed the nutritional status of children under 5 years in the Linda Province and found that 2% were severely malnourished and 17% had moderate malnutrition. This has serious short and long term implications for the health and wellbeing of these children and in order to address the problem we developed a nutritional programme which involved recruiting and training the Community Health Workers to screen for malnutrition and then to assist in running a weekly nutrition and under 5s clinic where moderately malnourished children attend for extra feeding or supplementary feeding. Up to 150 children attend this weekly clinic at any one time where they are monitored for progress until they have achieved ideal weight for height, and maintain it for 4 weeks.

“Without this clinic many of the children with severe malnutrition would be referred to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka where they would be admitted for at least 8 weeks. A family member, usually the mother has to stay with the child which is disruptive to family life and could compromise the wellbeing of other children at home. And also unfortunately the mortality rates are very high at 30%.

“We are holding a fundraising night at the Dogs on Saturday 22 September from 8.30pm; we hope to raise enough money to pay for the Nutrition Clinic for a year. All the money we raise will go to the Clinic. Tickets cost €15 for adults and children are free. We hope it will be a fun night for a serious cause.”