Making the often long and grueling journey to find medical care is rarely easy for villagers in rural Kenya, so Dandelion Africa has a new project that brings the health clinic to the people. And, as an added benefit, we charge nothing! Our free clinic has already been set up in two villages and with great success, meeting the health needs of over 2350 people so far. All of this has been possible through support from our amazing sponsor CHASE Africa.
In September, we packed a minivan full of supplies and eager health workers and set up our free clinic in Lomolo village. The goal was to serve 500 people with everything from de-worming and primary health care to family planning and HIV testing and counseling. We set up brand new tents that acted as a de-worming central for all students at the local school, and another one was devoted to HIV testing. A nearby building was swiftly converted to a pharmacy, a family planning center, and a clinic equipped with doctors and nurses. At the end of the day, our remarkable staff and supporters had served over 750 people! Lomolo is a remote and poor village with a high rate of early pregnancies among its teenage girls, so Dandelion Africa was invited by the school principal to come back and do a seminar on sexual health and reproduction, and teach the youth about contraception. Indeed a very successful day for everybody!
In the last month, Dandelion Africa has organized a second free clinic in Salgaa, another remote area in rural Kenya. The attendance was incredible and this time, over 1600 people received free health care. Next stop is Magani Mingi, and we are aiming to provide health care to everyone who attends. This project is hands-on and really makes a difference for people in rural areas. Thanks again to CHASE Africa for making the roving free clinic possible!
School children waiting in line for de-worming at Dandelion Africa’s Free Clinic, Lomolo.