Safari Doctors- Project Update October 2017
Posted on October 15 2017
Guys. We are so excited, we are slowly and steadily moving towards our goal of funding an entire medical sail to rural Kenya!
Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, The Wandering Coast proudly donates 10% of every sale to socially conscious projects. We aim to fully fund one project before heading on to help in another place. Our current project is with Safari Doctors. We are 10% of the way to this goal!
We chose Safari Doctors because we fell in love with their founder and mission.
Safari Doctors is a vocal advocate for the marginalized in rural Kenya. They travel to remote corners of Lamu to promote access to health services and promote awareness. They are a team of 9 medical volunteers and staff that work tirelessly to provide healthcare where there would otherwise be none.
The indigenous Aweer and Bajuni communities who live within the archipelago and on the mainland near the border with Somalia continue to suffer from neglect and insecurity.
Their access to health services has been severely restricted by lack of infrastructure, insecurity and poverty.
Every month, Safari Doctors makes the journey, or safari, by sea and road to provide primary healthcare. These communities they serve totals around 10,000 people. This year alone, they have been able to reach over 3,800 people across 12 villages.
These sails focus on women and children and especially on immunizations and family planning. Child immunizations have increased by 40%. Expectant mothers visiting clinics for antenatal appointments doubled. Communicable disease dropped by half and skin conditions by 30%. The number of girls undergoing FGM reduce from 70% to 60%.
Their vision is to improve access to health services among marginalized communities in Lamu, through a mobile boat clinics and the development of a medical facility in a secure location. Safari Doctors aims to empower women and adolescent girls through reproductive and sexual health education and training. Finally, they are committed to engaging a disaffected youth by training a team of Health Scouts to work with them to empower themselves and their communities.
The founder of Safari Doctors has been awarded as a CNN Hero in 2016.
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