SafeCare approach helps health care workers provide quality services
looks at her facility, Marti Dispensary, with pride. “This facility has undergone a lot of changes since we were introduced to the Uzazi Salama project,” she narrates. Like other nurses in the project, Purity has been sensitised on SafeCare. SafeCare aims to support basic health care providers in resource-restricted settings, through stepwise structured improvement programmes, to deliver safe and quality-secured care to their patients, according to internationally recognised standards. “When we were initially ranked under the SafeCare guidelines, we were at level zero. We had challenges managing our drug store, and also had a lot of challenges disposing wastes,” Purity confirms.
The training they received on better management of the facility and of patients has allowed Purity and her colleague deliver quality services to the people of Marti. “Due to better management of drugs, we are able to provide our patients with the drugs they need. Initially, we would claim we do not have some drugs when in fact they were just at the back of the shelves,” narrates Purity. After learning about SafeCare, Purity and her colleague now arrange the drugs systematically. They also ensure to organise their drug cabinet in a way that allows them to use drugs that fast approaching their expiration date first. “This has helped us utilise our stock very well. Nowadays, we do not throw out drugs because they have reached their expiry date. They would have been utilised long before that,” she states proudly.
Purity is also happy that she can now dispose of waste properly and efficiently. “We were taught how to separate the waste using the three colours, red, yellow and black. The colours make it easier to identify what goes where,” she confirms.
Purity has also been trained on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC), through the project. “Uzazi Salama is all encompassing. The BEmONC training equipped me with skills I so desperately needed to expertly address maternal and newborn child health indicators in the region. SafeCare ensured I was sensitised on how to manage the facility well in order to provide the skilled services I had been equipped with. The Community Health Volunteers then ensure that the community is sensitised to come to the health facility for skilled delivery. Everything works well together,” concludes Purity.