About the project

The Challenge

A report on the state of Non-Communicable Diseases NCDs in Kenya released early this year by the Ministry of Health indicates that they account for the loss of 100,000 lives each year. This is slowing down the countrys economic progression. The Population Reference Bureau warns that by 2030, low-income countries will have eight times more deaths attributed to non- communicable diseases than high-income countries.

The Intervention

The Safaricom foundation has partnered with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Center (DMI)to provide free medical care to communities across the country. This is done through free medical camps. The partnership dates back to 2003 and has so far reached more than 100,000 Kenyans. The partnership which is now in the sixth phase will see DMI conduct 12 free medical camps and three diabetes youth camps across the country through a Kshs.36million investment by Safaricom Foundation.

The Impact

So far, we have reached over 36000 people in Kiharu, Msambweni, Transmara West, Suba, Nyatike, Taita Taveta, Lamu, Kilgoris, Sotik and Mbooni. Lodwar, Kapkoi and Gatundu among other camps are set to be conducted by the end of 2016. One diabetes youth camp has been conducted in Nakuru where over 80 young people aged between 4 and18 years received training on how to better manage their condition and received free insulin supply.




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