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Who has the right?

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“Too much of anything is poisonous.” Many are the times I used this phrase in composition writing back in the day without really paying too much attention to it. It was just a phrase, you know, just used so that the English teacher (it has a very humongous difference when you say English teacher) could add marks to my composition; colloquial expressions, English Aid Std 6, I used you so much I feel like I should pay you. I know, I’m diverting, silly me. But really, to what extent have you thought of this phrase. How true, false or in between the middle it might be. This is what addiction represents, to me at least. Something one will start, slowly by slowly until they are totally encompassed by it that survival without it seems unfathomable. But isn’t it too much?

Addiction, according to the fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), is defined as a maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment, or distress, as manifested by several specific characteristics, occurring any time in the same12-month period ( Read the book on more). So basically this is a situation where the too much has been used that it has actually become poisonous. A situation where the tolerance level increases over time. A situation where the psychological, social, biological and environmental factors have, in one way or the other, contributed in the development and maintenance of the addiction; whether to a substance like drugs or to behaviors like gambling, sex, etc.

Back to my first paragraph. The issue of “it” being too much, who will see it as being too much? Who even has the right to see it as too much? Who gives authority over that anyway? The user or the observer? What is the criteria of classifying it as too much? When do we realize that it is too much? When are we allowed to even comment or act upon the fact that it is too much?

Sometimes it’s easier to point a finger forgetting that three others are pointing back. It is always easy to judge the other person without even paying attention to the numerous skeletons we have in our own closets. We tend to jump into conclusions without even paying attention to the little aspects that end up changing the entire perspective. Basically, it’s a tendency. They are addicted to sex; they must have been raped or watched a lot of porn. They are addicted to drugs; they must have poor decision making skills to just follow their peers without thinking. Psychologically speaking, any form of addiction speaks volumes but first of all, it is a symptom of some underlying issues. It is a state where the cognitive, behavioral and body functions are distorted because of a behavior or a substance. So, have we just been busy pointing fingers or have we tried to be part of the solution?

 

 

Vacancy announcement, Nurse wanted

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Reachout Centre Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 24th Jan, 2003 our  main mandate is to provide harm reduction services, preventive and treatment services to those affected by or vulnerable to Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) and HIV and AIDS in the Coastal area of Kenya.

Reachout is seeking to recruit a nurse to provide a high standard of client care to our target clients in accordance to clinical guidelines, policies, procedure quality standards and guidelines for nursing professional practice in Kenya.

Successful candidate will be stationed in our drop in centre in Taita Taveta County reporting to Drop in Centre Coordinator.

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Performing physical exams and taking health histories
  2. Providing health promotion, counseling and education
  3. Administering medications, wound care and other personalized interventions
  4. Interpreting patient information and making critical decisions about needed actions
  5. Coordinating care in collaboration with other health care professionals at the DIC
  6. Diagnosing the disease by analyzing patient’s symptoms and taking required actions for his/her recovery.
  7. Maintaining reports of patients’ medical histories, and monitoring changes in their condition.
  8. Carrying out the requisite treatments and medications.
  9. Providing necessary guidance on health maintenance and disease prevention.
  10. Recommending drugs and other forms of treatment

 

Requirements:

  1. KCSE certificate with grade C (Plain) and above ·
  2. Diploma in Kenya Community Health Nurse from a recognized medical training college in Kenya. ·
  3. Have at-least one year working experience in a busy health institution
  4. Registered and have a valid practicing license from the Nursing Council of Kenya
  5. Must be Computer Literate ·
  6. Must have knowledge of professional standards ·
  7. Have good interpersonal and communication skills

Applications should be made quoting the current and expected salary

Interested candidates should send their Applications; Curriculum Vitae, Cover letter and Scanned copies of Academic qualification to reachoutpwani@gmail.com CC info@reachout.or.ke before  22nd January 2018, hand delivery will NOT be accepted.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the way we work and we welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

 

Vacancy announcement, HTS Counselor wanted

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Reachout Centre Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 24th Jan, 2003 our  main mandate is to provide harm reduction services, preventive and treatment services to those affected by or vulnerable to Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) and HIV and AIDS in the Coastal area of Kenya.

Reachout is seeking to recruit a VCT Counselor with a high level of confidentiality targeting Key population to be stationed in our drop in centre in Taita Taveta County with minimal supervision from Centre Coordinator; the job holder will be responsible of providing quality counseling and testing services.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  1. Provide confidential HIV counseling and testing to persons at risk for HIV infection as per Kenya HTS national guidelines
  2. Conduct HTS using provider initiated testing and counseling, voluntary counseling and testing.
  3. Provide special group counseling e.g. Key population, discordant couples, youths and adolescents
  4. Address issues of behavior change in relation to HIV and ART
  5. Facilitate the delivery of HIV Prevention information to clients
  6. Provide psychosocial support and assist with linkage to referral services
  7. Assess and document all referrals make follow-up and report on referral outcomes
  8. Compile and submit monthly HTS reports
  9. Provide health education to outpatient clients as a strategy of mobilizing clients for HIV testing.

 

Requirements

  1. Proven work experience as a HTS Counselor
  2. Certificate in HTS Counseling (NASCOP CERTIFIED)
  3. Diploma in Community development will be an added advantage

Applications should be made quoting the current and expected salary.

Interested candidates should send their Applications; Curriculum Vitae, Cover letter and Scanned copies of Academic qualification to reachoutpwani@gmail.com CC info@reachout.or.ke before  22nd January 2018, hand delivery will NOT be accepted.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the way we work and we welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

 

Vacancy alert, Asst Project Coordinator required

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Reachout Centre Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 24th Jan, 2003.  The main mandate is to provide harm reduction services, preventive and treatment services to those affected by or vulnerable to Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) and HIV and AIDS in the Coastal area of Kenya, the main driving factor for its establishment were the growing empirical evidence of increased use and abuse of ADA particularly in the coastal areas of Kenya.

Reachout is seeking a highly organized and committed Asst Project Coordinator capable of successfully delivering diverse project activities with a high level of confidentiality, diplomacy and attention to detail targeting key population to be stationed in our drop in centre in Taita Taveta County with minimal supervision from the Project coordinator.

 

Asst Project Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating project schedules, resources, information and activities
  • Liaising with clients to identify and define project requirements, scope and objectives
  • Ensuring that clients’ needs are met as the project evolves
  • Break projects into doable actions and set timeframes
  • Analyze risks and opportunities
  • Monitor project progress and handle any issues that arise
  • Act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all participants
  • Work with the Project Coordinator to eliminate blockers
  • Issue all appropriate legal paperwork (e.g. contracts and terms of agreement)
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports

 

Requirements

 

  • Proven work experience as a Project Coordinator or similar role
  • Experience in project management, from conception to delivery
  • An ability to prepare and interpret flowcharts, schedules and step-by-step action plans
  • Solid organizational skills, including multitasking and time-management
  • Strong client-facing and teamwork skills
  • Familiarity with risk management and quality assurance control
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Basic Computer literacy
  • Hands-on experience with project management tools
  • BSc/Diploma in Project Management, Social Work or similar field

 

Interested candidates should send their Applications; Curriculum Vitae, Cover letter and Scanned copies of Academic qualification to reachoutpwani@gmail.com CC info@reachout.or.ke before  22nd January 2018, hand delivery will NOT be accepted.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the way we work and we welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.