UN in Kenya's 'United Nations Person of the Year 2017'
Umra and the team won "for the outstanding efforts and commendable work providing medical care to marginalized communities in the far reaching areas of Lamu [...] fundamental in making SDG5: Good health and well-being, a reality for the people of Lamu by 2030."
2017 so far... Thanks for joining the journey!
Safari Doctors in The Guardian!
We are thrilled to have our story shared by the talented photojournalist, Sofi Lundin, in The Guardian newspaper: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gal...
We're doing fantastic, thanks to you.
| September 2017 Newsletter |
Hello, family! As I write this, we're at sea wrapping up our September clinics. we're buoyant and optimistic, feeding off of the energy from August! Last month was quite eventful. The thousands of patients we've served have responded positively to our clinics and have asked us to keep coming back by all means necessary. We were able to facilitate travel for community members who needed access to hospitals. Thanks to the Polish Embassy, we started building an outpost on Pate Island so that the villages we see monthly have access to something more stable on the ground. This month, before our clinics have wrapped up, our volunteer medics conducted two on-site surgeries for the first time! Again, I thank you for being an agent of change. Happy September!
Founder and Executive Director, Safari Doctors
First Surgeries On-Site!
| September 2017 Highlights |
This month, for the first time, our volunteer medics conducted two impromptu surgeries on-site on Pate Island. The first was an operation to remove a large abscess from an 11-day-old baby's chest. His father brought him to the clinic to get checked out, and he was rushed to Faza hospital, where the surgery took place. The second was a surgery on a 12-year-old girl to remove a horizontally-growing tooth. Both patients are doing well. Thank you to all of our volunteer medics who help keep our communities healthy!
Last month in Tchundwa, we met a teenage boy who suffered from 10 epileptic seizures daily. We prescribed him medication. This month, he updated us and told us that his seizures have reduced to 1 a day, and all of the cuts he has that were caused by injuries during seizures have healed!
Our Team This Month
This month, we had more volunteer medics than ever before. We worked alongside four doctors, one of whom is a surgeon, who made it possible for us to provide stellar treatment to our community members. Thank you to our local and international volunteers who make what we do possible.
Smooth sailing, all the way.
| August 2017 Highlights |
Mamina on The Road to Recovery
16 year-old Mamina Athman Chora was among 14 children ambushed and attacked, while travelling in Mararani, in June by suspected militants. 8 people died including 4 pupils. She spent the night hiding with her wounds and was eventually evacuated to Mombasa for treatment. Safari Doctors launched an urgent appeal. Thanks to you, we raised $2500 dollars for her treatment and recovery! Her injuries are healing well and she is due to be discharged from hospital this week. Special thanks to Brandee Barker for all of her support. Mamina is well on her way to recovery!
New Friends, New Partners
Representatives from the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation came to pay us a visit all the way from the United States. The foundation works closely with innovative leaders who are creating change with and in their communities. Bhavna, Danielle, Ishana, and Saleka were a pleasure to have on board!
Eyes On The Prize
Roba Duba, an opthalmic clinical officer, joined us in August after community members asked for an eye specialist. He treated over 200 patientswho were in dire need of eye care!Thank you Mr. Duba and the entire Lamu County Department of Health.
Better serving our community on Pate Island
Thanks to the generous support of the Polish Embassy, we are now building an outreach centre in Mtangawanda village. The centre will act as a training facility for our community representatives, and there will be a nurse and doctor on-site to serve Pate Island. We extend our warmest thanks to the Polish Embassy for facilitating this new venture.
Join The Journey!
| Make a donation or sponsor one of our projects below to keep us moving |
Sponsor a monthly mobile clinic: $5000
Fund our medicine for a month's clinic: $600
Fuel Vona, our speedboat, for an entire month: $450
The last two months have been fantastic, thanks to you!
Hello, family! As I write this, we're gearing up to head out for our September clinics. we're buoyant and optimistic, feeding off of the energy from August! Last month was quite eventful. The more than 4,000 patients we've served have responded positively to our clinics and have asked us to keep coming back by all means necessary. We were able to facilitate travel for community members who needed access to hospitals. Thanks to the Polish Embassy, we started building an outpost on Pate Island so that the villages we see monthly have access to something more stable on the ground. Again, I thank you for being an agent of change. Happy September!