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.
Typical Day on Mobile Clinic
Volunteers report to the Bill Selke medical clinic around 8:30 AM. Mobile clinic staff will usually be there already.
The nurse and pharmacist pack the medications and supplies in the trucks/vehicle. At some point in the morning the mobile clinic crew will depart for the mobile clinic venue.
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.
In the months of May, June and July, Volunteer Kenya/ICODEI’s Mobile clinic program continued on – where a total of 600+ patients were seen within the 3 months. With participation of Anna (from the U.S), Anastasia from Russia and Stefano ( a Medical student from the UK ) joined the local Kenya staff. Volunteer Kenya appreciates their time and efforts in joining the local medical staff towards the fight against diseases. This program strives to reach out to the very remote places where medical access is limited and at times – expensive.
The medical team dealt with various cases including Malaria treatment (with the onset of rainy season, Malaria cases are high during this time of the year), Hypertension, URTIs, Diabetic ulcers, Road accident injuries, Intestinal worms and many more.
A couple of pictures from the site (Photo Credit: Stefano and Anastasia)
To learn more about the Healthcare program or Volunteer Kenya Programs and how one can get involved, please take a look at our website – HealthCare ( in the Program’s section).
Volunteer Kenya continues to thank all who have continuously steered the organization’s vision either directly or indirectly in various capacities. It is our sincere appreciation to all of you who have enabled the organization reach where it is today.
We thank you all who have continued to support us through donations of drugs, medical equipment and finances. We have been able to continue on our mobile Clinics with our local volunteers in reaching out to the interior parts of western Kenya where medical services are almost unreachable and in most cases – expensive.
With the onset of the rain season there is an upsurge of malaria cases and water borne diseases. Therefore, it’s urgent for the organization to be equipped with enough medical supplies. More crucially, the organization is in need of urgent support in Malaria drugs, fever/pain relievers and antibiotics supply. The equivalent of $1 is sufficient for one dose of malaria treatment for an adult.
In regard to the recent security challenges, we would like to inform everyone that security concerns is an aspect our organization take seriously and we remain at your disposal to inform and update the incoming and already on site volunteers on all the happenings so as necessary steps can be taken.
Even though our country has faced some security challenges of late, our site of operations that has served as a ‘second home’ away from home to our past volunteers (over 1000), and especially the western region of Kenya has never experienced any of the security issues highlighted. All the security issues have taken place either in the coastal region of Kenya or some reported neighborhoods of Nairobi city.
The government is making major progress in the fight against terror that has caused interruption of volunteer travels to Kenya. We are at disposal to advice incoming volunteers as they plan for their travels to Kenya.
550+ patients were seen in the last 12 days by LSU team (consisting of Drs, Professors and Medical students from Louisiana) and ICODEI’s local staff. The coverage has been mainly in the Western region part of Kenya where most of Volunteer Kenya activities are carried out and once again, Volunteer Kenya-ICODEI appreciates their efforts to travel far and wide to join us in fighting diseases and saving lives. To learn more about our HealthCare program please visit VK website and click on “HealthCare” listed under Programs tab: http://volunteerkenya.org/index.php/programs/healthcare
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