Improving Healthcare for Rural Mothers

We’ve teamed up with Rotary Clubs of Langley Canada and Nairobi North and the Laikipia County Government to donate medical equipment and improve infrastructure in 6 community dispensaries worth over Ksh. 6 million (USD 60,000). The equipment was handed over last month in a ceremony at Lamuria Health Centre presided over by Hon. Ndiritu Mureithi, Governor Laikipia County.

The handover marked a milestone in our long-term rural healthcare plan, which aims to provide safe, accessible and affordable health care services to mothers and children around Ol Pejeta. By enhancing access to proper health facilities, we help local communities link a better quality of life with wildlife conservation.

Ol Pejeta’s rural healthcare strategy was devised as a response to address gaps in basic equipment, medicines and infrastructure in many rural healthcare centres. Some of the facilities did not have water supply or electricity, let alone fridges in which to keep vaccines or the equipment to carry out basic treatments. As part of our strategy, we have worked with partners to provide vital medical equipment, refurbish laboratories, install proper plumbing and water tanks in the supported dispensaries.

Ol Pejeta Community Development Programmes Manager, Moses Muthoki delivers his speech at the handover ceremony

In the past, a lack of equipment and drugs has meant mothers and children frequently get referred to distant hospitals. Even if their condition is mild enough to allow for the bumpy travel, or the time it takes to get there, many cannot afford the cost.  The new equipment and improved infrastructure will enable staff in the beneficiary health centres to treat hundreds of more patients on site, saving time and lives. It has been warmly welcomed by the community.

Our community outreach team has seen first-hand the impact that improved healthcare has on local people, and we look forward to bringing more of much needed supplies to health centres across Laikipia.