Raelyn Nicholson: ‘God is moving through MOHI Health Mission!’
Raelyn, who serves as the Health Quality Assurance and Liaison Coordinator for MOHI, reports that she and the MOHI health team are “seeing big transformation from their marathon schedule!”
The Health Mission hosted a 38-person Global Health Outreach medical team in September. It was composed of medical professionals from across the U.S., plus eight pastors from Christ’s Church of the Valley in Arizona. Their goal was to treat students and staff and empower the MOHI providers, as well.
“Though the most taxing week of the year, the impact was immense,” said Raelyn. “We provided free dental and optical services, cervical cancer screenings and treatment, cardiac care and more for 632 MOHI staffers. A true blessing in Kenya, where health services are quite expensive.”
The visiting team also screened 969 students for common preventable health conditions, including dental cavities, malnutrition, infections and anemia.
“Every student assessed was diagnosed with more than two health conditions,” Raelyn said. “We then held parent meetings and used the screenings to prompt them to make changes in their homes to prevent diseases and keep their children healthy.”
In August, after several assessments, Raelyn and the team felt that the obstacles to treating malnutrition seemed insurmountable.
“But God answered our prayers in a big way,” she said. “In September, the Health Mission received a donation large enough to cover the 2021 expenses to treat students with severe acute malnutrition.”
Currently, 12 students are receiving the treatment, and within two weeks transitioned from severe to moderate malnutrition — an amazing result.
“I can’t express how encouraging this is for the nutritionist and me,” said Raelyn. “Parents now have renewed hope for their children’s futures.”
In addition, 192 students were diagnosed with anemia (22 percent of students) and placed on a school-based iron supplement. The team is expecting to see improvement within 60 days.
The health team has also initiated a new partnership with Kenyan opticians and assessed 79 students with visual impairments. So far, 17 students have received corrective lenses.
“We suspect that last least 10 percent of all MOHI students — 2,000 kids — need glasses,” said Raelyn.
God is moving through MOHI!
Since June, Raelyn has worn many different hats: case manager, nutritionist, school nurse, clinic coordinator, statistician, optician and even camp counselor!
“I am so thankful the Lord has given me abundant energy and kept me healthy,” she said. “God is moving through this ministry, and I am so happy that we are a part of it.