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Ann Muthoni Talks About her Experience Implementing the VAN Project in Turkana County


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What has been your experience implementing the VAN Project?

I can say my experience has been very transformative in that we have been working with the local leaders and the stakeholders who have continued disseminating accurate information about the covid-19 vaccinations. We have also created health awareness campaigns where we have engaged the community, educating them on their health and wellbeing.

What are some of the interesting discoveries you have made while working on the project?

I  have made some discoveries but the most interesting discovery is that, when you look at the data that we’ve collected you find that more females are being vaccinated compared to men.

Any challenges faced?

We faced a number of problems but the main challenge was that there was a lot of misinformation within the community about the covid-19 vaccines. We overcame this challenge by engaging the stakeholders and the community leaders. The leaders play pivotal roles in the communities by disseminating the most accurate information about the covid-19 vaccination.

What is your memorable moment at work?

My most memorable moment while implementing this project was when I went to Naipa Community Baraza Park where there were very many people. Due to misinformation, the community resisted getting vaccinated. Something happened, once the local leaders who included the Ward Administrator, the Village Administrator and the area Chief stood up and started disseminating the true information about the covid-19 vaccines and getting vaccinated before community, everybody rose and took the jab. This was my most interesting moment.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

The culture of the Turkana community. Given that I’m from a different culture, I’m able now to learn about the new culture, the traditions, the songs; that the community composed revolving healthcare and the dissemination of accurate information regarding the jab.

Thank you!