July’s 1% donation will be funding a Health Unit in rural Kenya with our charity partner Concern Universal.
The project is targeting the predominantly pastoral and deeply cultural Maasai community in remote parts of rural Kajiado County. The project has been necessitated by the poor record of maternal and child health in the target area caused by home deliveries, HIV and childhood illnesses among others. The target area is hard to reach and health facilities are few and wide apart with a doctor/population ratio of 1:22,188 and a nurse population ratio of 1:135.
Our contribution will help establish a community unit and train 25 community health workers. As well as providing medical support so desperately needed for these rural communities. The outreach will look to campaign on key health matters and benefit a cross-section of community members. Comprehensive medical services especially those related to mothers and children will be delivered during outreaches. These include provision and education on nutrition, family planning incorporating men and women, growth monitoring, vitamin A supplementation and de-worming and referrals for complications that cannot be addressed during the outreaches.
Data will also be collected in order to lobby government to increase provision to this rural area. Other activities will include mass awareness campaigns, medical camps, health days, commemoration events and audio announcements.
The aim of the project is to comprehensively cover the area of Ewaso Keedong Division this will benefit approximately 10,000 mothers and children.