About the project

The Challenge

Frepals Community Nursing Home is a non-governmental organization at the heart of the densely populated Kibera slum, in Nairobi, whose inhabitants are some of the poorest in the country. It was established in 1995 by a team of change agents who conducted a needs assessment of Kibera and realized that there was still an unmet need for reproductive health care within the area. While it offered numerous services, it did not possess theatre equipment and regularly referred women to other institutions, often in dire circumstances.

The Intervention

In January 2007, then Chairman Les Baillie and Bob Collymore (then a Director of Safaricom Limited) visited the home and pledged funding for the purchase of theatre equipment and supplies. The Vodafone representatives on the Safaricom Board pledged their board allowances to support the purchase of equipment and supplies, and this was supplemented by a grant from the Safaricom Foundation. The funding was used to purchase assorted clinic and theatre equipment. After the procurement and installation of the equipment, Frepals realized that the low fees that they were charging their clientele was not enough to cover the costs of hiring a surgeon and an anesthetist to carry out operations. The Safaricom Foundation extended further support to enable hospital to purchase some additional equipment, also meet the Nursing Home’s operating costs for a period of six months with the view to setting them on the path to sustainability

The Impact

In a reflection of a strong partnership, services were performed by locum doctors and anesthetists from Kenyatta National Hospital and the Armed Forces Memorial Hospital, and costs for services were subsidized by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).




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