Kenya's health system is under-resourced and under-staffed, which has left 65% of the country without access to essential medicines. In rural areas of Kenya, accessing the nearest health center can become problematic; patients either have to pay for transportation, or, if they cannot afford it, have to walk an average of three hours to the nearest health center. Walking to the clinic is particularly burdensome if the patient is extremely ill or going into labor.
Each month, HealthRight supports 20 mobile clinics which serve an average of 1,200 patients. The mobile teams consult patients and provide essential services to Kenyans living in these remote villages. Some of the most common services that are available through the mobile clinics include growth monitoring for infants, prenatal care for pregnant women, immunizations, deworming medication, first aid, treatments for diarrhea and malaria, and family planning education.
Patients living in remote villages in Marakwet, Kenya will have better access to quality health care without the burden of cost and/or transportation. Over time, the mobile clinics will improve immunizations coverage, increase treatment rates for malaria and diarrhea and serve thousands of rural Kenyans.