ICROSS has just completed a team workshop on the UN sustainable development goals which are detailed in depth athttp://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
These goals can only be attained through multi lateral, bilateral and global network partnerships. For over thirty years ICROSS has been developing close working relationships with International associations, organisations, lobby groups, networks and campaign initiatives. Equally important ICROSS has developed long term partnerships with communities and local groups at village level.
This week ICROSS is working with partners and colleagues in redefining and updating our priority areas of locally owned development initiatives.
Our rights based approach continues to campaign and lobby as well as implement programmes on the ground. For 38 years this month ICROSS has been building long term sustainable programmes meeting priorities set by local communities.
ICROSS has focused on 3 long term outcomes in our Maternal Child Health services which were developed together with Professor Joe Barnes, Co-Founder of ICROSS and Professor David Morley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Morley_(paediatrician)
ICROSS for the last 30 years has prioritized respiratory tract infection because it remains the biggest killer in Kenya, we have seen life expectancy fall by 10 years primarily because of HIV related infections these are the second major cause of death in Kenya as you can see from our strategic plan 2015-2020 diarrhea malnutrition and malaria are also are the center of our health programme these are all among the top 10 causes of death in Kenya in 2016. The vast majority of Kenya are under 15 years old and we need an effective strategic policy to bring Kenya life expectancy up to standards of other countries.
I was running HIV programmes in the rift valley when Julius first visited and fell in love with the tribal communities. His unique approach to an understanding of people gave him a rear access to the daily lives. We all decided that we would let the photographs speak for themselves. If you would like to know more of our work and why we do it you can contact me directly at email@example.com. there are also reports and live updates on icrossinternational.org.This is the first of a series of innovative projects that we will be doing with Julius and Joni
Since ICROSS began over 35 years ago, it remained committed to preserving local culture tradition and heritage. One important part of this was to provide effective community development, that would be sustainable and owned by local communities. ICROSS did not focus on building a large NGO but concentrated on supporting local existing social systems. All of our work since 1983 but on the cultural values and belief systems of the local people. During the 1983-84 drought, many of our team became concerned that tribal communities were selling their precious tribal artifacts simply to survive.
ICROSS has been working on innovative ways to treat Trachoma since 1986 with Professor David Morley of the Institute of Child Health, a pioneer of Tropical Health.
Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. It is caused by an obligate intracellular bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis.
The international team of ICROSS and new world international have launched in collaboration with the government of Kenya a malaria prevention programme to try and reduce the cases and deaths caused by malaria among nomads.
Together with our international partners including Kenya ministry of health and the International Community for Relief of Starvation and Suffering. NWI UK has seen a reduction of 22,000 cases of Malaria in Kenya.
There has been a spectacular improvement in the way which malaria is treated, with you help we can do a great deal more.
NWI has spent the last 18 months creating long term prevention programmes thanks to the many volunteers and partners including John Woodbridge, Jennah- louise salkeld and a group of close friends.
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