Afya Project (Health & Water)
Health & Water
"Afya" means health & well-being in Swahili. In Kenya, many children and adults die each year from preventable diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever, diarrhea and pneumonia, etc. Almost half of Kenyans can not afford a doctor's visit in case of illness.
Poverty and health are closely linked. Health problems can plunge people into poverty or prevent them from living well. Poor families or families living in communities where adequate medical facilities are lacking are more likely to suffer from illness because they are either untreated or under-treated.
Prevention is the best medicine.
General Goals of Afya project:
- To build and equip Hospitals with necessary medical facilities in areas where there are none. These will serve the purpose of supporting needy patients who can not afford to pay for treatment.
- Apart from treatment of diseases, we aim at promoting disease prevention initiatives. This will ensure that the involved communities participate in campaigns geared toward trainning on Health, Vaccinations and Nutrition.
- To install generators and solar / electrical systems especially in hospitals where needed. Power outage is common in Kenya, partly because of an aging energy network and also insufficient generation capacity. This largely affects Hospitals that have no back up sources like solar systems.
- To provide clean water and sanitation that will benefit communities where needed. This includes building lavatories that promote Health protection.
"Clean water for life."
New wells and clean water
About 13 million Kenyans do not have access to a good water supply and about 19 million lack access to good sanitation. The lack of reliable supply of water and poor sanitation poses major challenges to many other communities in Kenya because water is desperately needed for use in homes and also for agriculture, livestock, etc.
Issues like water pollution through human and animal waste has caused major problems including an increasing number of typhoid patients who have no choice but to drink impure water.
Some thoughtful projects are being considered to improve the situation in areas where it is really needed. These included the construction of drinking water networks, well construction, the construction of a large drinking water reservoir and the improvement of sanitation depending on needs.
Volunteer Individuals or Health Workers
We invite volunteer individuals and any health worker eg. doctors, nurses, students, etc who wish to participate in community health care. This includes:
- Working hand in hand with local doctors and nurses. This will give you invaluable insight into the health challenges of a developing country.
- On planned medical outreach days, you will be able to perform basic health checks, treatment and medication.
- Running workshops to promote the choice of a healthy lifestyle and hygiene practices, etc
If you would like to work with us to make this plan a reality, we would be delighted to hear from you. We are open to new ideas.
Travel with a good purpose and engage in community service. Leave an everlasting impact in the lives you have saved or improved.
This will help you meet new people and their cultures. most importantly are the new experiences and skills that you will get out of this. It will be a well spent holiday.