Afya Kenya Foundation
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Noncommunicable disease(s)
- Primary care
SummaryAfya Kenya Foundation is a registered charitable trust based in Nairobi that seeks to provide quality health care to the rural and urban poor through free community health outreach camps. It was set up by student doctors who saw the need for such an initiative during their apprenticeship.
The program seeks to provide quality health care to the rural and urban poor through free community health outreach camps.
Key program components
Afya Kenya Foundation has organized, financed and conducted several Medical Camps. Its inaugural outreach camp was in January in Mvita, Coast Province. Free medical services were provided to an estimated 1,500 peasants. In this particular camp, the Foundation offered a wide range of services such as screening, diagnosis and treatment of basic diseases, public health education, voluntary counseling and testing, and provision of free medicine. The Foundation followed its inaugural camp with Medial Camps in the following areas:
Kajiado: 1,200 people – funded by Lions Club Kenya and Charleston Travel Ltd.
Kitui West, 2,300 people – funded by the SDA Church and Lords Healthcare Ltd.
Kiambu: 1,800 people – funded by the University of Nairobi and Three Pyramids Pharmaceuticals.
Tigoni: 900 people – funded by the Afya Kenya Foundation.
Murang’a: 1,000 people – funded by Lions Club Kenya and Charleston Travel Ltd.
Pangani: 1,000 people – funded by the Afya Kenya Foundation.
Broadly, the program's activities are as follows:
Educating mothers on the role of breastfeeding and immunization, educating communities on safe hygiene practice, nutrition, water and sanitation.
Improving immunization coverage and nutritional status among the rural and urban poor, providing insecticide treated nets (ITN), setting up screening programs for common diseases and malignancies, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer and tuberculosis, de-worming of all children of school going age and providing ante-natal clinic services for expectant mothers. The program also offers voluntary counseling and testing services for HIV/AIDS.
3,316 women received breast cancer screenings between Oct 2009 and Oct 2010; 20,000 children were dewormed during this period; and 10,500 young Kenyans received voluntary counseling and testing for HIV.