Since 2015, the dedicated Safari Doctors team has worked tirelessly to improve access to vital healthcare services among remote and marginalized communities in Lamu, Kenya. Neglect, a lack of infrastructure and insecurity impede access for the indigenous Aweer and Bajuni communities who live within the archipelago and on the mainland towards Somalia.
Each month we make the journey, or safari, by sea and road to provide primary healthcare to around 800 patients. So far, we have treated over 11,000 people across 25 villages! Child immunizations are up, skin conditions are down, the number of expectant mothers visiting clinics for antenatal appointments has doubled and communicable diseases have halved.
In 2017, the Safari Doctors team won the UN in Kenya's United Nations Person of the Year award for, “outstanding efforts and commendable work providing medical care to marginalized communities in the far reaching areas of Lamu”.
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