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Safari Doctors was registered as a community-based organization in Lamu, Kenya in 2015. The dedicated team of 9 staff and medical volunteers work tirelessly to provide healthcare services where otherwise there would be none.
The indigenous Aweer and Bajuni communities number around 20,000 people and live within the archipelago and on the mainland near the border with Somalia. Neglect and insecurity continue to impede their right to access healthcare.
WHAT WE DO
Each month, the team sets sail in a boat loaded with medicines and conducts mobile clinics across at least 8 villages. Together with regular outreach work, the team reaches up to 800 patients a month. In these communities, child immunizations are up, skin conditions are down, communicable diseases have halved, double the number of expectant mothers are attending antenatal appointments, and demand for family planning has tripled.
Safari Doctors’ mission is to provide affordable and appropriate healthcare to marginalized communities in Lamu County. The vision is to have thriving communities in remote settings, with adequate access to affordable health solutions and improved livelihoods.
As parts of its holistic approach to community health and well-being, Safari Doctors also cares for hundreds of animals during its outreach work. The veterinary services we provide include: vaccinations, parasite treatment and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and emergency care. Our vet also carries out community education sessions on animal health and welfare.
The Safari Doctors team won The United Nations Person of the Year 2017 for “outstanding efforts and commendable work providing medical care to marginalized communities in the far reaching areas of Lamu.”
WHERE WE GO
Safari Doctors reaches up to 20 remote villages by sea and road. “The same thing that makes Lamu beautiful, isolated and pristine, is the same thing that presents the challenges for access to healthcare.” Umra Omar, Founder of Safari Doctors
Safari Doctors also operates a youth Health Ambassadors program, engaging young men and women who receive basic health education and training, to facilitate our work, empower themselves and their communities. The program targets underserved youths in Lamu County, who are trained to become leaders in their communities and help foster well-being across the villages that Safari Doctors serves.
There are 30 Health Ambassadors across 8 villages in Lamu East. They are selected by their respective communities and aged 18-25. The program offers a support system through peer-to-peer mentorship and capacity building through monthly trainings using a tailored curriculum that ranges from first aid to leadership training.