Project #7124

Integrated Mobile Health Clinics: CHAT

by Communities Health Africa Trust
A Big Smile of THANKS...
A Big Smile of THANKS...

Closure/Project Integration Report - January 2011 to June 2013

Projects Background

  • CHAT went through rigorous vetting and formally joined Global Giving on January 2011 and thereafter posted two projects;
  • Integrated Mobile Health Clinics, #7124 
  •  Family Planning and Environment Initiative, #7442

Objectives of this Projects Closure Report

  • Close out two successful projects on Global Giving to be replaced by a single integrated project which builds on the two previous projects.
  • Transfer CHAT’s presently recurring donors to the new integrated project.
  • Provide a summary of activities implemented by the two prior projects using the raised donations.

Project closure summary

Community Health Africa Trust has been implementing health care activities in the Laikipia and Samburu regions of Kenya, for the last 10 years. As you surely know, we reach poor, marginalized communities, who are otherwise under-served, through the most appropriate means of transport, either with vehicles, camels, providing services such as family planning and reproductive health, and basic curative treatment, which includes TB and malaria, and relevant components of HIV/AIDS services.

Both projects began in January 2011 and were intended to close out in June 2013, having run for 21/2 years. Over that period of time, through your valued donations and other contributions, we have reached about 30,000 women with various methods of family planning services and 12,000 individuals with basic curative medications. 

The Integrated Mobile Health Clinics project has so far attracted $ 37,673.00

The Family Planning and environmental health initiative has so far attracted $8,135.00

Through the support of Global Giving, CHAT has continued to contribute significantly towards achieving Kenya’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the country’s development blueprint, the Vision 2030.

These achievements been done through cooperation with support of our key partners (the Ministry of Health MoH) in the delivery of health services.

 ‘HEALTH’ SECTION: Integrated Mobile Health Clinics Project
Amount Raised:
$ 37,673, Project start date: January 2011 to June 2013



No. of women provided with long-term (up to five years) contraception methods: 

Over 20,000

(GG donations & other) 

No. of children suffering from malaria, TB, or an upper respiratory infection provided with anti-biotics: 

1715 (GG donations alone)

No. of nurses sponsored for one month helping reaching 1600 rural clients:

7 (GG donations alone)

No. of patients treated with malaria curative:

2724 (GG donations alone)

No. of camel mobile clinics funded for one week reaching ‘forgotten’ peoples in remote parts of Kenya with health services for malaria, HIV/AIDS and Family Planning:

2 (GG donations alone)

‘ENVIROMENTAL’ SECTION: Family Planning and Environment initiative

Amount Raised: $ 8135, Project start date: January 2011 to June 2013



No. of women provided with long term (up to 5 years) contraception implants

Over 20,000

(GG donations & other)

No. of quarterly trips to pick up 90,000 condoms for distribution from the ministry of health

4 (GG donations alone)

No. of community based family planning mobilizers engaged for 1 month and help reach 1600 individuals for family planning intervention and education

25 (GG donations alone)

No. of nurses sponsored for 1 month

8 (GG donations alone)

Way forward:

We, at CHAT, wish to post a new project on GlobalGiving. The new integrated project is entitled, Mobile Health Clinics for the Poor & Excluded Communities of Kenya. We will continue our mission of mitigating against extreme suffering and poverty by escalating our family planning and basic healthcare services to reach poor, excluded and often remote communities.

We are hoping to reach 40,000 women this year with family planning services.

We thank our donors for the continuous support extended to the marginalized communities we serve and very much look forward to a continued partnership with Global Giving and its exceedingly generous and engaged community of donors.


It has been a while since our last report and we apologize for the delay. We have much to report, including a new Community Based Health Worker, data from January to March 2013, and an excerpt from the extensive journal or our recent volunteer, Sam Day.

We would like to report that, through the help of your donations, we have been able to support another Community Based Health Worker, Josphat Ekai Ngasike (an CBHW).  Josphat is based at Marti in Samburu North.  Since his time with us, he has educated a total number 220 individuals on Family Planning and Reproductive Health measures. He lives amidst the community members the clinic serves, and thus has established a level of trust very much needed when discussing personal health. His job is to act as the ears and eyes of the clinic when we are not present, let the community members know the date, place, and time of clinic visit, and also to educate women and families as to the options available to them for Family Planning as well as other Reproductive and day to day health concerns.

Attached you will find the data chart of work preformed by CHAT from January to March of this year. The focus of our past clinic visits have been Family Planning and Reproductive Health, as the demand for these services continue to grow.

And lastly,  you will see the final journal entry from our recent Australian Volunteer, Sam Day. Should his entry intrigue you , as I imagine it will, I have also attached the entirety of his journal below. His countless entries paint colorful images of life in the communities we serve, and offer comments and observations from the perspective of a young man with a desire to learn about a culture unlike his own, and help, in whatever way possible. The entries will help bring to life an organization that you know only through these reports and our Global Giving project landing page. Enjoy.


For anyone reading this with a vivid interest in seeing cultures outside of your own then nothing beats this trip as far as the Kenyan experience goes. I can’t honestly comment on anything outside of what I saw but I gather the feeling that Mumbasa is simply a tourist destination and Nairobi… Well its just another big city at the end of the day. Joining a volunteer excursion like this is moderately expensive, I won’t lie to you, but if you have the money available, it is an enriching experience that will stay with you for your whole life I’m sure. Every African cliché you can think of is true. All the stereotypes exist. Everything you’ve seen on a movie or documentary is true. I think I was expecting to see something that would surprise me but exposure to documentaries prepared me for the trip and it is exactly what I expected. You get to see these tribes in what seems like the middle of nowhere and validate your stay with any help you can offer. I appreciate my existence in Australia and my standard of living more than ever and although guilty of it too, I find it humorous when I hear complaints from people living in a developed nation of trivial little matters. Kenya is an example of adversity of locals who are unaware and unexposed to any other standard of living in this world so they continue on. They have little in the way of hobbies or spare time. I wish the best for the country and its long journey ahead for improvement. Many thanks to the CHAT organisation for accommodating me and allowing me to come along for this whirlwind week long trip. For those of you contemplating to do this, if you are reading this then you are 80% there. Do it for any length of time. If you want to email me then feel free. Address below.



Thank you, as always. We will be checking in again soon.




The Team at CHAT


Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

Hello and Happy Holidays!

November and December seem to be the two busiest months of the year, with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas and all the travel, relatives, presents, parties and holiday cheer packaged up with them.

But in the midst of all the busyness, the world over takes moments here and there, to give thanks and to celebrate our friends and family, both near and far.

All of us at CHAT are certainly thankful this time of year, to all of you who make our work possible. 

There is often nothing like the simple gift of a smile, so that is what we give back to you this holiday season; the smiles of the countless men, women and children here in Kenya, that your contributions have helped to create.

Our clinics and camels are still trekking over the plains of Kenya and hope to be doing so for many days to come. Below is a summary of our work over the past two months. As you will see, we were able to send the camels out for a month’s journey.

Have yourselves a warm and cheerful holiday season. A big ASANTE SANA from your African friends here in Kenya.

Kuwa na Krismasi njema…..

The Team at CHAT


1. Women reached with long term method (upto 5yrs.)contraception = 2,657 clients

2. Children under 5yrs. treated for malaria = 205 patients

3. Children under 5yrs. treated for TB = 6 patients

4. Children under 5yrs. treated for upper Respiratory infections =42 patients

5. Total patients reached for different diseases =722 patients

6. Condoms distributed= 109,353 condoms




1. Total number of Women reached with all family planning contraception methods= 1,231 clients (Jadelle (5yrs. insertions)= 1,005 clients; Depo(3 month injection)= 226 clients)

2. Total number of patients treated for malaria =18 patients

3. Total number of clients counselled and tested for HIV/AIDS =308 clients

Total number of patients reached =267 patients


Hey there, this is Daniel Mbachia,

I have just graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BSc microbiology and Biotechnology. I have been volunteering with CHAT since mid-June. Firstly I would like to thank Shanni for giving me a chance and the rest of the team for the warm welcome.

When I first arrived I was coming to help with a solar powered mobile vaccine refrigeration unit where I collected data for field trials. I went out on a camel mobile clinic. How was the experience? Oh I have only this to say, DO IT TO BELIEVE IT! I enjoyed every bit of it, even when I walked bare feet due to blisters; it was just fun and fun. I can very boldly say I have not only seen and know the good of family planning but I have been exposed to the beauty of it all. Just to mention saving school girls from unwanted pregnancies or crude abortions, a mother from the burden of raising a huge family from limited resources and also the health aspect to the women in spacing their children.

 As of now I am helping out with updating our maps to allow most of you out there to have a clue of who we are and where we serve most of the communities from. That is for both motor and camel clinics. I have been marking points, which I will use to come up with the route maps. I have been based in Nanyuki where I am with the rest of the office staff. I have been also helping out with general office work and I am very happy to be among the few people out here trying to make a difference of what we all want to see.

Peter hard at work
Peter hard at work

A high-pitched yelp of an African hyena wakes up Peter Obino at the crack of dawn. The CHAT mobile clinic driver quickly wakes up and it suddenly hits him that it is six in the morning and the mobile clinic Land Rover was not loaded last night, as is usually the norm.

He quickly summons up a young lady named Anne who is the clinic nurse and HTC counselor Samuel. The trio then start the frantic job of packing boxes filled with curative medicine, Family Planning commodities, BP machines, record books, safety boxes, condoms...

After a rushed breakfast the motor mobile clinic gets underway driving through the undulating plains of Laikipia, dipping and curving towards ISIOLO Samburu - some of the most marginalized and remotest areas in Kenya.

Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo counties are inhabited by poor, illiterate often nomadic communities without access to basic healthcare amenities and family planning services. Most of the inhabitants often confess that the 'yellow' Land Rover is the only hospital they have known all their 'poor, wretched' lives.

Barrelling for Kipsing village in Isiolo county where a mobilizer is waiting with a group of people, the driver endures a three-hour drive on a rough seasonal road often stopping to honk the horn after passing through manyattas, mobilizing people and informing them that the clinic will be camping in their village.

 It is usual to meet young Maasai morans dressed in colorful shukas often stopping the mobile clinic for a pack of 'cookies', a rural slang for condoms which the clinic distributes under its HIV/AIDS programme.

A few kilometers to Kipsing, the car wobbles dangerously and it is a burst tyre yet again! It is now over 100 Fahrenheit and the Bridgestone tires can't seem to take the searing tropical heat. Far into the distance, a crowd is already milling around the chief's camp eagerly waiting for the clinic's belated arrival. Peter, an old hand quickly changes the tire and speeds towards the already lined up women, men and children who had been mobilized the day before by a local health worker who works alongside CHAT.

The unpacking and setting up the clinic takes one hour and then treatment gets underway. It is almost midday and the crowd is getting restless - they have come a long way, some of them as far as Lpussi and Lchakwai in the north, Samburu east district just for these services.

At this station alone 30 women choose long-term family planning while
3 expectant mothers are taken through the ANC clinic.  Two children with septic wounds are also cleaned and bandaged. Major diseases treated here include URTI, Malaria and a case of STI. All in all 17 people are treated and 20 are tested for HIV/AIDS.

At five in the evening the nurse and the driver assisted by the HTC load up the car and head to the chief's homestead to camp for the night.

It is the end of yet another grueling day for the CHAT mobile clinic who will be camping out for the next 7 nights before returning to base in Laikipia

~ The Team at CHAT

Morans arriving for
Morans arriving for 'cookies'
Family Planning services
Family Planning services
A good day at work
A good day at work



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Communities Health Africa Trust

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Project Leader:
Diana Hague
Nanyuki, Kenya

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