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Safari Doctors is a community-based organization in Lamu, Kenya. The dedicated team 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.


Each month, the team sets sail in a boat loaded with medicines and conducts mobile clinics across at least 11 villages. Together with regular outreach work, the team reaches up to 800 patients a month.

Safari Doctors’ mission is to provide innovative, community-driven healthcare solutions that promote well-being for marginalized communities in Lamu County.

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 Safari Vet program offers: vaccinations, parasite treatment and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and emergency care. Our vet also carries out community education sessions on One Health and welfare.

The Safari Doctors team wonThe United Nations Person of the Year 2017for “outstanding efforts and commendable work providing medical care to marginalized communities in the far reaching areas of Lamu.”

Read our Annual Report 2018 here.


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 and become agents of positive change in their communities.

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.