Set up of ICU at the National Spinal Injury Hospital (NSIRH)

The National Spinal Injury Hospital (NSIRH) was founded by the Cheshire family to accommodate, rehabilitate and resettle injured World War II soldiers who returned from the Second World War with spinal cord injuries in 1944. After independence the Government took it over. The 32-bed capacity hospital has about 200 patients on its waiting list. Most of the patients are road crash victims. Six out of every 10 patients at the National Spinal Injury Referral Hospital are road crash victims.  Those injured in road traffic crashes suffer long term disabilities.

SWRW members built and donated a gazebo that functions as a rest area that patients will use after physiotherapy treatment. The gazebo also provides a pleasant setting for them to receive visitors. During the same occasion National Transport and Safety Authority donated wheel chairs and TV sets.

Donation of ICU equipment

In 2015, SWRW donated ICU motorized bed, special mattress, infusion pump, suction machine and portable oxygen. The ICU equipment enables the hospital conduct more surgeries, reduces patient stay at the hospital and increasing the number of patients served.

Set up of Wellness Centre in Jomvu

Long distance truck drivers, along with the Northern transport corridor, cannot easily access health services due to the sparse distribution of medical facilities. The few health facilities available are located off the main highway and are not easily accessible by mobile service seekers. Mandatory road safety medical checks (hearing; vision; blood sugar etc.) are, for example, not often available in these health facilities.

The two facilities are now a vibrant and visible part of the Jomvu and Salgaa communities providing medical and wellness services to all.

Even for minor ailments, truck drivers are not able to access medical/health services in time, further compounding the health condition of the driver. Inadequate access to healthcare services by the drivers may have several costs and time-related effects including: delays associated with driver sickness, medication costs (including costs met by the company and the driver), driver replacement costs and time, spoilage of perishable goods and even death.

Best practice in journey management requires drivers to rest at intervals to avoid drowsy driving.
North Star Alliance road side clinics offer convenient and strategically located primary medical and wellness services to mobile populations and host communities. The wellness center staff also conducts behavior change sessions on lifestyle and health issues. Services offered at the wellness centre include;

  • Road safety caravan to sensitise road users, in black spot locations, on their role in improving safety
  • Edutainment by public school based on the theme
  • Donation of medical equipment and gazebo to the Spinal Injury Referral Hospital

Set up of Rescue Centre in Salgaa and SalgaaThe World Health Organisation (WHO) underscores the importance of post-crash response in mitigating the severity of crash outcomes. In the Global Plan for the Decade of Action, WHO notes that low and middle income countries suffer the highest road crash fatalities but have weak or unresponsive post-crash response systems.centres. ST John conducts training of community first responders and coordinates emergency response in collaboration with the National Police Service and county governments.

Post-crash response has three main phases; the immediate phase after the crash that requires timely and professional emergency response, the therapeutic phase that entails medical treatment and the rehabilitation phase that involves medical and non-medical care of road crash victims.Increasing investment in post-crash response systems is key to saving lives that would be lost from road traffic crashes.

SWRW has set up two rescue centres in Jomvu and Salgaa. The rescue centres are part of Petroleum Institute of East Africa Highway Emergency Response Plan that seeks to mitigate the consequence of petroleum tanker crashes. A rescue centre is a retrofitted shipment container with medical supplies manned by St John staff. Total purchased and equipped the two rescue