Matibabu Foundation-Kenya (MFK)
Matibabu Foundation-Kenya (MFK)
Not-for-profitYear launched: 2006
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Noncommunicable disease(s)
- Primary care
- Secondary/tertiary care
SummaryBeginning operations in Western Kenya in 2006, Matibabu Foundation-Kenya (MF-K) is a homegrown community initiative that strives to empower the rural, hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities to be responsible for their own health. The organization also strives to improve access to quality integrate
MFK’s strategic objectives are to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of healthcare in the community, to promote and encourage preventive health services through adaptable and sustainable community health programs, and to strengthen institutional and financial capacity to guarantee sustainable organizational success.
Key program components
INTEGRATED CONTINUUM OF SERVICES
The main Matibabu Foundation Clinic and voluntary AIDS counseling and testing center is run in Ukwala, Ugenya. In addition to the main clinic facility in Ukwala, a smaller clinic was opened in Nzoia. These two clinics address a variety of medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea diseases, among others. Matibabu’s clinical program comprises special and routine consultancy, laboratory, nursing and pharmacy services that address about 15,000 cases every year. Its programs emphasize maternal, newborn, and child health services, cervical cancer screening and TB diagnosis and treatment.
IN-DEPTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
In addition to offering affordable, facilities-based healthcare with extensive laboratory and pharmaceutical services, Matibabu is reaching the most remote and underserved members of its community by blanketing the district with community-driven home-based care, health education and counseling programs. The foundation is committed to participatory approaches to encourage communities to identify and address their own health needs. MFK has founded youth engagement and outreach clubs, women’s centers, and children’s clubs that reach out to target populations, including people living with HIV and AIDS. Matibabu is helping improve productivity levels by educating community members about disease prevention, nutrition and available health programs and services so individuals can make smart, well-informed decisions about his or her health in order to remain healthy, productive members of society.
In order to improve access to specialized medical and surgical services, Matibabu periodically partners with the US-based Tiba Foundation to provide specialist doctors, equipment and supplies to the community. Matibabu’s US medical professionals visit Ugenya periodically to conduct free clinics and perform surgery. The Matibabu medical professionals volunteer their time, and no fees are charged to the Ugenyan patients. Other partnerships include the Government of Kenya, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), International Center for AIDS Programs (ICAP), African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) and other key health stakeholders to expand access to quality, cost-effective health services.
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