About the project
Muthale Mission Hospital in Kitui County services a large community of over 100,000 people, but not all of them are able to reach the hospital on foot, especially when they are unwell, and this means that many of them simply do not get the treatment and care they need.
The hospital used an old Toyota pickup truck as the only vehicle available at the hospital to carry out a number of functions, including fetching hospital supplies, which meant that staff struggled to reach patients in emergencies.
One of the most important aspects of the a healthcare system is the ability to transport patients who are either in need of urgent treatment or who require a more sophisticated, higher level of care. In rural areas, where health facilities and skills are few and far between an ambulance would come in handy.Safaricom Foundation provided the hospital with KSh 3 million to fund the purchase of an ambulance.
The hospital now uses the fully-equipped ambulance and it has been saving lives since the day it arrived at Muthale Mission Hospital. The ambulance is expected to reach and transport around 4,800 patients each year. The ambulance has already been used to transport over 50 patients to Kitui, Thika, Nairobi and Kijabe so that they can get the treatment they need.