Solar power means no more torchlight births for women of Mwituria

For years, nurses and midwives at the Mwituria Dispensary would dread women going into labour at night. The clinic initially had a solar power system to meet their electrical needs. However, over the years, wear and tear and lack of proper maintenance led to collapse of the power system. This plunged the clinic into darkness, which meant torchlight deliveries were the norm. Any complications were made ten times more difficult to treat under low light conditions. Lack of power also meant storing vaccines was impossible, hindering the clinic's ability to deliver even the most basic health services.

Mwituria Dispensary is a government-run clinic on the border of Ol Pejeta, which supports approximately 3,000 people in the surrounding villages. In June, Ol Pejeta partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Langley, B.C and Nairobi North, to overhaul the solar system at the dispensary. This meant installing new solar panels, charge controllers, power inverters, and batteries among other electrical equipment to restore power to the clinic. The new electrical equipment installed at the clinic was fully sponsored by the two Rotary Clubs with Ol Pejeta providing the administrative support.

The solar power system has not only enabled night-time treatment and drug storage but staff also report feeling safer on the premises at night. Ol Pejeta has also funded medical equipment, the installation of water tanks and medical storage units at the clinic.

“The Rotary Clubs and Ol Pejeta have been our key partners as we strive to provide better health services to our communities. We are really grateful for their support and hope it continues,” said Teresa Muya, a nurse at the dispensary. Muya also reports that as a result of this support, incidences of communicable and waterborne diseases have significantly reduced.

We would like to thank our partners Rotary Clubs of Langley, B.C and Nairobi North for their continued support of our community development initiatives.