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They say life’s a journey, a safari. Well we make one every month by sea and road to provide vital primary healthcare to remote, marginalized communities in Lamu, Kenya. Safari Doctors was registered as a community-based organization 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. They suffer from neglect and insecurity, which has impeded their access to healthcare. We reach up to 800 patients every month, through our motorbike outreach and boat clinics. Our vision is to have thriving communities in remote settings, with adequate access to affordable health solutions and improved livelihoods. Join our journey for change, karibu!
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.”
Safari Doctors reaches up to 20 remote villages by sea and road
“Lamu is the only county in Kenya that has less than one kilometer of paved road. The same thing that makes it beautiful, isolated and pristine, is the same thing that presents the challenges for access to healthcare. From the southernmost tip, which is in Lamu, all the way to the northernmost tip, that’s a two-hour speedboat ride, about $300. For the average person from Lamu, that’s not something you just cough up to run to the district hospital.” Umra Omar, Founder of Safari Doctors
The Safari Doctors Ambassadors programs aims to engage underserved youth in Lamu County as leaders in their communities, improve access to sexual and reproductive health education, and foster community wellbeing across the villages that Safari Doctors serves.
There are 30 Safari Doctors Ambassadors across 8 villages in Lamu East (Kiangwe, Bahamisi, Mtangawanda, Shanga, Tchundwa, Faza, Mkokoni and Kiwayu). The Ambassadors are selected by their respective communities and are all aged 25 and under. The program offers a support system through peer-to-peer mentorship and capacity building through monthly trainings via a tailored curriculum that includes but is not limited to:
First Aid Training
Health and Sanitation
Leadership Good Citizenry