Hecom-Healthy Community-is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) registered by the Department of Gender and Social services as provided for by the laws of Kenya.
The organization was founded in 2014 by a group of health professionals of varied backgrounds who in the past volunteered in several community health programs helping disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the society, with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality cases caused by preventable health conditions through consistent and continuous community health education in addition to advocacy and support of implementation of health reforms in the country.
At Hecom we believe that; involving communities directly in effort change and advocating for volunteerism, contributes significantly to community project implementation and sustainability; supporting consistent and effective community health education improves communities’ in-depth understanding of pertinent health issues thereby increasing access to healthcare services with subsequent reduction of morbidity /mortality cases from preventable diseases.
Our core values:
- Be able to improve access to efficient, integrated and high quality affordable community based healthcare services in the country, through community health education and health reform advocacy and implementation.
To improve the quality, availability, and effectiveness of community educational programs within the community with special focus on Reproductive-Mother-Child and Adolescent Health.
- Conceptualize, develop, execute and evaluate community health educational health programs.
- Invest in and or support collaboration with individuals, institutions, organization and promote educational efforts to educate the community on health.
- Reach the community with health information through existing social structures i.e. schools, worksites, healthcare facilities and groups.
- Employ community participatory and interactive educational approaches.
To support policy and advocacy efforts to implement health reforms that ensure communities have access to culturally acceptable, affordable and high quality healthcare.
- Invest in and or support advocacy efforts to eliminate barriers to accessible, affordable, high quality healthcare.
- Invest in and or support collaboration with institutions/organizations that are committed to community based health care service provision.
To gain the broadest possible community-wide support for effective project implementation.
- Facilitate formation of committees in areas of project implementation with its members drawn from area sub-units and with support from local authorities.
- Each committee headed by Location Representative (LR), actively participates in community health problem resolution and project implementation.
To operate so as to allow volunteers to fully utilize their capabilities.
- Provide a favorable working environment that allows for personality fulfillment, personal/interpersonal relations improvement and encourages volunteers to take up roles/positions they are qualified in or skilled at through periodic capacity building programs/training.