The year 2016, has already began in full gear for Volunteer Kenya/ICODEI activities – with the arrival of SHIP team from LSU (Louisiana State University). In the last few days, the team has embarked on a vigorous Mobile clinic campaign in the rural parts of Western Kenya. The team will be around for the months of February and March . Volunteer Kenya’s Mobile clinic program impacts many lives especially the larger population residing in the interior parts of Kenya where medical care is almost inaccessible and at times – expensive. Working hand in hand, the local staff and volunteers try to reach these places and spend a whole day attending to the patients.
Transit time is anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Upon arrival at the mobile clinic site, it usually takes an hour to set up the mobile clinic. The pharmacist unpacks the medication and supplies, while other staff, locals, and volunteers set up tables and chairs for the different stations. Patient care begins when patients show up. This can be anywhere between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Patients will continue to arrive at the mobile clinic throughout the course of the day. After all the patients have been treated, the pharmacist and other staff will pack up the drugs and supplies and prepare to return home. The numbers of patients evaluated at the mobile clinics vary greatly depending on the location and the day. Upwards of 250 people have been evaluated and treated or referred on some clinics. Typically there will be between 30-100 patients per clinic. Arrival time back on the farm can vary as well, and can be as early as 2:00 PM or as late as 10:00 PM, though usually you return by 6-7pm. Potential volunteers for the healthcare program must be very patient individuals. Our clinics are not run with the efficiency and organization of a typical hospital in the developed world. It is critically important that volunteers are flexible and understanding.
To learn more about the program please visit: http://volunteerkenya.org/index.php/programs/healthcare and our social media handles: Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Icodei Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/volunteer_kenya
Interested in volunteering with us? Let us know! E-mail Volunteer coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org