ANNUAL AITONG MEDICAL CAMP- MASAI MARA KENYA
The 5th Aitong Medical Camp was a considerable success yet. It was fantastic to see the impact that these camps have on the local community and Safarilink want to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved. The camp, which ran from November 1st - 3rd 2016 was only possible by working in partnership with Elewana Collection's Elephant Pepper Camp and Kicheche Community trust.
The Aitong Health Centre is based in Aitong center on the North-East border of Mara North Conservancy, 226km West of Nairobi. The community built this health center in 1993. The clinic raises KES 200,000-300,000 (USD 2,300-3,500) monthly from fees charged for services, which is used to meet all facility needs, including salaries for 11 staff and all drug supplies. This is not enough to meet its needs and obligations.
The Christian Development Fund, which supports Aitong Health Centre as well as several in the area, provides medical supplies on an irregular and unpredictable basis. The government plays a general policy implementation & supervisory role as well as providing vaccines.
The main aim of this Medical Camp is to provide capacity building services to the staff clinicians, addressing their highlighted needs of developing skills in both Maternal Child Healthcare and Dentistry. Concurrent aims included providing first rate health care to as many members of the wider community as possible free of charge during the 3-day clinic, as well as developing systematic stock and general clinic management.
The 2016 medical camp focused on:
We had six dedicated specialists (2 Gynecologists, 1 General Practitioner, 1 Pediatrician and 2 Dentists) who were kind enough to offer their services for free. Through their efforts, they managed to treat an unbelievable total of 885 patients in only three days!
Safarilink supported this noble cause to 6 specialists by sponsoring their flight to Masai Mara. These included 2 external doctors and 5 Kenya-based doctors.
Upcoming event- Medical Camp 2017
The 6th Aitong medical camp will be held on 4th -7th December 2017. You can partner with us to support regular camps in Aitong or visit Aitong camp or fly Safarilink.