HEALTH

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR ALL

10 new clinics opened

Improved access for

300,000 people

49% expansion in primary healthcare services

4 new maternity hospitals serving 70,000 women

FIRST STEP - PRIMARY HEALTHCARE
 

Our community health model was implemented in 2010. Nakuru, Kenya, is full of vibrant, hopeful people who are unfortunately struggling with poor health. Sub-standard living conditions, extreme malnutrition, and rampant disease contribute to the high rate of illness we face every day. The average family lives without latrines, running water, or electricity. Basic necessities such as food and shelter are not guaranteed. This cycle of poverty, coupled with the high cost of care and long distances between health facilities, creates barriers to simple and effective primary healthcare interventions. 

As healthcare demands increase and become life-threatening, the economic burden on a family rises and the result is poor health, less access to education, reduced economic opportunities, and thus, less realized potential. 

At NHWC, we believe everyone should be able to access their full potential. Healthy people are able people and this is where our healthcare model began. 

 

For more than seven years we partnered with donors and the Government of Kenya to take healthcare to the people. We created healthcare equality by providing HIV testing and counseling, clinical services, nutritional counseling and supplements, antenatal services, immunizations and child welfare, cancer screenings, family planning, medication, and health education to the masses. 

 

People believed in what these communities were doing. We saw generous donations and had a hard working team on the ground. The result?  Ten new clinics that serve over 250,000 people and four maternity hospitals with a catchment of 70,000 women. 

What began as a pilot healthcare model to better serve
the under-served has become a large-scale, community-driven, 100% government-funded, 100% government-staffed,
100% sustainable community healthcare model. 
NEXT STEP - SPECIALIZED HEALTHCARE

While we have made significant strides in creating equal access to primary healthcare in Nakuru County, many people are still unable to access specialized services when and where they need it the most. Specialized healthcare is often far away and too expensive for low-income communities. This means that costly emergency healthcare continues to drain family resources and diminishes the economic potential of communities at large.

The next phase of our healthcare model will see us continuing to partner with the Government of Kenya to mobilize specialists and consultant doctors at the grassroots level in various communities throughout the region, thereby furthering healthcare equality. 

© 2017 Nathan Hall Williams Centre.

Photos courtesy of Saskia Frazen Photography.