Evalyne Aseyo, SNDdeN, teaches in the Community Health and Development department of the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Kisumu, Kenya. Her work at the institute also includes community service and research.
Sister Evalyne’s research work involves working with others in the local communities to monitor and follow up on vital health indicators. They collect data, analyze the data, and share results in different forums to inform decisions within the health sector. She is part of a team involved in research aimed at designing and testing a novel child hygiene intervention in collaboration with other stakeholders, such as caregivers and health extension workers. This intervention targets children’s caregivers with the aim of changing key behaviors. Community Health Volunteers will deliver the intervention.
In her community service role, Sr. Evalyne reaches out to vulnerable communities in
collaboration with a network of community organizations. Her current project is composed of a team of members from Community Health Extension Workers, Community Health Volunteers, and Community Units. Their projects take place within a community situated in an informal settlement in the Western part of Kenya. Sr. Evalyne joins force with the aforementioned community partners to enhance community participation in health care service delivery.
At the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development, partnership is defined as working together (individuals/institutions) in sharing resources, ideas, and experiences to support and enrich the work of each contributor with the objective of reaching increased valued and quality outcomes for all parties involved. Together, with other stakeholders, the team mobilizes and organizes communities into ‘Community Units’ with the aim of ensuring that communities are linked to the health sector at the centre, in order to generate informed dialogue, referrals and feedback mechanisms. Together with these partners, they collect data and follow up on indicators such as: immunization coverage, Ante Natal Care (ANC), use of insecticide treated nets for mothers and children under the age of 5, safe water, Vitamin A intake, health facility delivery, and many more. The results of these indicators are noted on community notice boards that are often located in central places within the community. The data on the notice board is usually discussed during forums scheduled for community dialogue. These forums, in turn, generate community action days to address health initiatives. Sr. Evalyne participates in the community dialogue and action days, whenever possible.