Kenya has struggled to build a health system that can effectively deliver quality health services to its population. Access to health care varies widely throughout the country and is determined on numerous factors, though in particular, major divides exist between rural and urban communities. In Kenya, the poorer masses—those living below the national poverty line—constitute approximately 52% of the population.
Considering this challenging health landscape, utilization of health services is a key factor in improving health outcomes for Kenyans, in both the short- and long-term.
In Laikipia, where the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located, health centers are often few and far between and lack the appropriate medical supplies to provide proper health care to the local populations.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works with the Kenya Ministry of Health to improve current health facilities and develop new health related initiatives. Below are some of the projects we have been involved in:
- Refurbishment of the dispensary
- Supply of medical drugs (between 2002 and 2005)
- Financed the construction of a house for the doctor
- Construction of toilets
- Water tanks for roof catchment
- Supported a child with medical complications to undergo expensive surgery
- New dispensary completed and officially opened in 2012
Nanyuki District Hospital and Cottage Hospital:
- Received medical supplies and equipments worth Ksh 16 million (US$ 246,000) through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy from the Canada Rotary Club
Other Health Support:
- Communities to the North of the conservancy are provided with access to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kamok dispensary
- Support the establishment of more rural health facilities
- Providing mobile clinic services
- Establish a health facility near Ngare Nyiro village