Equitable access to healthcare remains a challenge for individuals, healthcare providers, and governments across the globe. In Kenya, HIV/AIDS, lower respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal diseases affect a large number of the population. Treatment for these diseases is generally available, but difficult to come by especially in low-income communities. Rural villagers have to travel significant distances to seek treatment, even for common ailments. Many stakeholders are working to address these needs, including the Government of Kenya and non-government and community-based organizations.
We believe that supporting good healthcare is part of the solution to our conservation challenge. By addressing the healthcare needs of local communities, Lewa gains the communities’ respect and support for its conservation work.
Working closely with the local government, Lewa operates four clinics that serve as the closest medical centres within 25 kilometers of all the remote communities in Lewa. For tens of thousands of Kenyans, these clinics are their only source of healthcare.
Lewa clinics offer diagnosis and treatment of reproductive and mental health issues. They also provide preventative healthcare and education for HIV/AIDS, family planning, and hygiene. To ensure access, Lewa’s clinics subsidize a large percentage of the costs required to service the healthcare needs of local communities.
| Our Impact |
Over 50,000 people are able to address 90% of their healthcare needs, specifically in the areas of family planning, emergency care, vaccinations, hygiene education, parasite mitigation, and HIV/AIDS counselling and treatment.
In 2016, Lewa’s clinics immunized 242 children, conducted 1,858 cervical and breast cancer screenings, and provided family planning services and ante-natal/post-natal care to 1,894 women.
Lewa is continuously working to expand its reach. Currently, we are exploring plans to build the Leparua Maternity Ward in close coordination with the Isiolo County Ministry of Health.