Makesirr OleKanai Celebrates 25 years of serving Maasai Rural Communities this week. He is one of the many unsung heroes that are creating change and bringing passion into their communities across Africa. ICROSS has always believed that the future lies in building long term local resources and skills at village level.
ICROSS has been creating awareness in Europe with a series of presentations and lectures on the Rise of Poverty and the new challenges of women's rights in Health care. The presentations focused mostly on Sub Saharan Africa and the wide range of projects and campaigns implemented by ICROSS and our Partners. Together with our friends and supporters we continue to fight for the rights of women and children building a healthier future.
ICROSS has been at the forefront of improving water for rural communities since 1983. Our Research Unit has been Publishing innovations in preventing water borne disease for over 20 years and we have created hundreds of safe water sources over the last decade. But there is no room for complacency. Over a Billion people in poor areas have no clean water.
1. Volunteer / Intern Orientation Workshop ICROSS Training Unit Ngong, Saturday 30thMay - Sunday 31st May,15 Midwives Planning Meeting
2.ICROSS Clinic, Nyoonyorrie, Kajiado Wednesday 10th June, 15 Community Health Worker update Seminar 3. ICROSS training Unit, Ngong, Friday 12th June - Monday 15th June, 15
Further details wil be available next week on the ICROSS blog and on twitter
For over 30 years ICROSS has been building Mother and child health initiatives in East Africa. This requires continuity and long term committment working with local communities. ICROSS is building locally owned , community driven programmes that create ongoing improvements in the daily lives of the communities we work with.
( From Dr Michael Meegan and D Ngwiri Ndwaru )
We are preparing a submission to the High Commision for Human Rights together with our stakeholders and partners in 5 countries. Many of our collaborators receive our weekly updates from this site so we would like to invite your comments, inputs and suggestions. In May (5-8th), we shall conduct a stakeholders seminar to prepare a draft together with a portfolio with stories, narratives and
visual resources for the UN high Commission for Human Rights. You as our partners and friends are all invited to participate.
For over 3 decades ICROSS has been actively involved in campaigning internationally for excellence in public health research aimed at fighting poverty.
From its early beginnings working with dialogue on diarrhea to its latest international campaigns on infectious disease, ICROSS continues work at the forefront of international health strategies and research.
On behalf of all of us at the International Community for Relief of Starvation and Suffering, we wold like to wish all of you a Wonderful Easter and a safe and Blessed Holiday. We are truly a Global family with supporters and friends in 19 countries around the World.
ICROSS is delighted to announce the release of its Annual Report for 2014. Speaking at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations the International Director Dr. Mike Meegan released the annual review on behalf of the project teams and the Board of ICROSS international. Dr. Meegan paid tribute to the many donors and volunteers who work together every day to make ICROSS such a wonderful success.
You can help us with our new campaign this Easter. By donating online 4 Pound sign) we can give a malnourished child an egg laying hen that will provide daily protein. If you can, donate 4 pounds this Easter we are hoping to reach a target of 1,000 laying hens this is only possible with your help. This new idea was given to us by Kai the ICROSS official mascot when we were thinking of a campaign for Easter, Kai came into the planning office carrying an egg in his mouth. This is what gave us the idea to try and provide as many homes as possible with laying hens so high five for Kai.
The ICROSS community representatives and field managers together with women’s group representatives have all been deciding the ICROSS award for volunteer of the year 2014. Throughout the year there were many international volunteers. Many of these are in Kenya to fulfill requirements of their university studies. All have learned a great deal about serving communities and every one of them has made some contribution to rural health development.
ICROSS Kenya is marking International Women's day in a series of
events starting on 4th March and continuing until the 8th March 2015.
All ICROSS programmes will be marking this important annual
celebration in a series of activities. The Country Director D Ngwiri
will join other organisations from across Kenya on the 8th March.
To mark the hundredth birthday of Dr. Joe Barnes we are extending the Dr. Joe Barnes project this year in 2015. This is a very special occasion that pays tribute to one of the first physicians from Ireland to make a major contribution to tropical medicine.
ICROSS has always viewed these journalistic slogans with skepticism. On the 31st of January 2015 the lancet (the world’s most important medical journal) published “countdown to 2015 and beyond: fulfilling the health agenda for women and children” Lancet 2015; 385-466-76
As part of our 36 years working in Africa we thought it would be a good idea to give a snapshot of the work that we have done over the last three and a half decades.
This feature will also be an element of the 2014 annual report more importantly these achievements http://icrossinternational.org/achievments/index.asp tell you everything that we stand for as we prepared this presentation our team was challenged in selecting examples of our work from the many activities that we have implemented over the last 36 years.
20 years today one of our key team members died tragically at the height of the AIDS epidemic when there was so much fear and panic around dying patients many were abandoned and rejected, left to die alone. There are many parrarels between leprosy, Ebola and how people saw those suffering from AIDS 20 years ago.
The ICROSS board of directors had its first meeting of 2015 and was planning the work of the work of ICROSS for 2015.
The chairman of the board noted that the cofounder of ICROSS Dr. Joseph Barnes MD was now over 100 years old. Dr. Evan Sequeira MD chairman of the board of ICROSS dedicated the continuing fight against poverty to Dr. Barnes and said that all mother and child health programmes in 2015 will be the doctor Joe Barnes project for the year. Dr. Sequeira addressing the board of directors announced that the ICROSS annual report will be officially released later this month.
The whole ICROSS family internationally; wishes to thank all of ICROSS friends and supporters for a most challenging year yet.
ICROSS is in the process of finalizing this year’s community planning at village level. Over 100 community members came together today to share ideas and confer. Women’s groups, ministry of health and local administration joined ICROSS management and directors in celebrating the success of 2014.
All ICROSS health facilities will remain open throughout the holidays. The only exception is Christmas day 25th of December and new years’ day 1st of January when the medical staff will only be on duty between 12:00 and 4:00 PM. Emergency services in all clinics remain unaffected
Over 160 ICROSS staff, team members and their families joined with partners and government colleagues in the first of a series of celebrations, giving thanks for the many programs that ICROSS implements. Representatives of Women’s Groups, Local Communities and other NGOs came together to celebrate ICROSS programs.
Since 1983 ICROSS has been actively involved in fighting Malaria, a significant part of our annual budget has gone into malaria prevention. Over 4,000 NGOs and over 100 governments have been active across the World in spreading low cost interventions to prevent Malaria. That has dramatically reduced Malaria worldwide.
New World International volunteers Ottawa Wycliffe and Gabriella Mytton-Mills went to visit the Dr Joe Barnes clinic opened over seven years ago by Dr Ronan Conroy.
One of the most important Maasai leaders and active supporter of ICROSS programs for 30 years is Peter Ole Saitaga. Mr. Ole Saitaga is involved in the capacity building of Maasai communities throughout Kenya.
Since we first started working in the early 1980 fighting AIDS a lot has changed in the last 30 years. ICROSS worked a time when there was a lot of denial and fear hatred and ignorance. We have moved beyond the lack of knowledge and great changes have been made in changing the stigma and fear. For organisations like ICROSS every day is AIDS day just as every day is malaria day or tuberculosis day. The people we serve are not a disease or a patient, a child orphaned because of AIDS is still a member of a community.
A decade after ICROSS began implementing children health programmes in East Africa, the United Nations detailed the convention on the rights of the child in 1989.
Almost a quarter of a century later we have dramatically failed children in meeting the aspirations and goals of the convention on the rights of the child.
As part of the international and national planning programme for the next five years ICROSS has released its latest Theory of Change Model after wide consultation with stake holders.
ICROSS Strategic plan 2015-2020
The ICROSS planning team released it’s latest Five Year Plan today at ICROSS International Headquarters.
The Country Director, Danny Ngwiri noted at the launch
“Every organisation around the world needs to plan its future using a dynamic process understanding the rapid changes occurring around the world.
Unless international organisations have a comprehensive professional system to plan the future they will be vulnerable to failure.”
The Finnish team supporting ICROSS projects have put up the latest field project youtube on line today. JoniLuomanen ,Julius Konttinen and Mikael Ashorn will be putting more clips of our projects on line over the coming weeks.
As part of a series of lectures on Poverty and the Millenium goals ICROSS International Director spoke on World peace day about the impact of war and the effects of pollution and climate change. Speaking with former ICROSS Director Sharon Wilkinson in Cambodia Dr Meegan represented the International Community for Relief of Starvation and Suffering in solidarity with other NGOS and communities calling for clinate change action.
Johnson OleMakesser (extreme right) has served Maasai Communities for 27 years working with our Rural Health Programmes. He began as a health worker then became a head of Community health workers. In 2007 he became Manager of Nyonyorri ICROSS Clinic which we built in 1986 ( with support from the British High Commission,Nairobi)...
The international advisory board of icross which consists of fourteen members in five countries have put forward a new position to support the international director.
ICROSS shares solidarity with all those suffering mostly women and children.
ICROSS continues its disease prevention campaign with our Maasai health teams. We are fighting killer diseases because of overwhelming suffering.
As part of our long term commitment to field research ICROSS has launched a new initiative to support local research.
ICROSS have marked World Malaria Day by treating over 300 malaria patients in a day & distributed hundreds of bed nets.
The Board of Directors of ICROSS has released the most important Annual Review since the Creation of ICROSS 35 years ago.
In April we are stepping up our Malaria programme with your help, but we do need your involvement.
ICROSS is marking International Women's Day today and over the coming weeks with a series of events in our community projects.
We are developing a series of campaigns aimed at sharing the key issues around Global Poverty, International Health and Human Rights.
We began 2014 with a women's empowerment workshop and then launched a new series of polio prevention campaigns in remote villages across Maasailand together with our Ministry of Health partners.
We are celebrating 35 years of ICROSS in Kenya on 17th January.
Washington DC photographer, Seth Rubin, has provided many photographic insights into our projects over the years.
Dr Evan Sequeira together with the ICROSS founders established ICROSS Kenya when Kenya was fifteen years old!
Polio is a very dangerous infectious disease that is spread virally from person to person; it is one of the most damaging infections of the spinal chord.
One of the tragic things about yet another World AIDS day is the apathy and indifference that has emerged over the last few years.
Welcome, thank you for coming to our web site.
ICROSS began its activities in 1978. We aim at providing long-term assistance to the nomadic communities of the sub-Saharan region. We act as a catalyst and all our projects are run and owned by the communities we serve. We work to improve health and living standards using their own culture. We work within a five-year strategic plan. This was developed with the Ministry of Health in Kenya and sets out long term goals.
Remember, you have the power to change tomorrow.
Dr. Michael Elmore Meegan - Founder and International Director ICROSS.