Communities living in the more rural areas of Laikipia struggle with a lack of infrastructure and government services. Hospitals and clinics in particular, are few and far between, and dispensaries face frequent medicine supply challenges.
To tackle the crippling lack of healthcare access, Ol Pejeta aims to provide accessible and affordable health care services to the rural communities through funding from donors, and conservation enterprises. By the end of 2014, Ol Pejeta’s health programme was reaching out to 56,000 people within the communities along its boundaries.
This outreach includes supporting key healthcare infrastructure, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health care service delivery, enhancing the capacity of rural healthcare workers, and raising community awareness on key health issues.
In 2014, Ol Pejeta’s Community Development Team partnered with the Laikipia County Government to bring the first mobile clinic to remote communities – who otherwise face half a day’s walk to the nearest dispensary. To get the word out, Ol Pejeta pioneered an SMS blast; that sent the clinic arrival date, time and location to community representatives and respected elders. The mobile clinic aims to solve the challenges that remote communities face when trying to access medical care. Of particular focus are the areas of Tangi Nyeusi, Endana, Ereri, Ngare Nyiro and Serat.
Through the support of Rift Valley Adventures, seven bicycles fitted with carriers were donated to some of the Community Health Workers (CHW) - who run a door-to-door health care support programme. Each CHW offers support services to 50 households of approximately 250 persons.