African Medical Safaris & Internships

Internship for credit program gaining practical experience in Kenya

Would you like to meet and interact with villagers in Africa? Are you interested in sharing your medical skills while helping people in need? Are you interested in a unique cultural experience? If you answered "Yes!" to these questions, please email us today. The student doctors are needed to help in various ways at our Health Center in rural Kenya.

Gain practical, hands-on experience in the beautiful outdoors of Africa, what could be better. Come and join us in Kenya and help make a difference.

Mission

The mission is to provide students the opportunity to put their skills to use giving healthcare to local residents. Students working together as a medical team helping place emphasis on health education, prevention, treatment, vaccinations and nutritional education for mothers and their children.

We provide about 5000 residents healthcare services.

The Clinic facilities: Administration room, 2 exam room's, dispensing pharmacy, laboratory facilities, in patient unit for seriously ill patients, staff housing, voluntary counseling and testing center for HIV/ Aids.

Common and Serious Diseases and Illnesses

Considering the remoteness and lack of medical facilities in the area, it is difficult to provide accurate data on health problems in community. However, what is clear is that there are common illnesses such as:

  • Malnutrition in children
  • Eye, skin and scalp infections
  • Anemia in women (possibly due to malnutrition)
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid fever
  • Complications and death in women from childbirth, (possibly due to lack of adequate obstetric services)

Serious Diseases and Illnesses

Remote cases of tuberculosis, brucellosis, and HIV/Aids

Factors Influencing Health issues in the Community.

  • Limited food supplies especially during drought
  • Livestock living with people attract disease-carrying fleas, ticks, and flies

The clinic has managed to tackle the following services.

  • Treating common diseases including fever, malaria, joint pain, anemia, worm disease, eye, skin and scalp infections, respiratory disease
  • Introduced a well-balanced nutritional program for mothers and children with vitamin, protein and other nutritional deficiencies (this program is being implemented in partnership with Concern International)
  • Transportation for serious and emergency cases to the nearest hospitals
  • The clinic have organized periodical and special visits for services such as pediatric, eye testing, and dental hygiene.
  • Provided regular health education through seminars
  • Brought immunization program for cholera, hepatitis, tetanus, Typhoid and yellow fever.
  • Expanded examination and vaccination program for children and their mothers
  • Worked in partnership with traditional midwives to ensure smooth baby deliveries and in-patient services and care for new mothers.
  • Trained several community health workers

Programs

Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center (VCT)
The clinic has a Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center program aimed at encouraging local people to come forward for HIV/Aids testing and counseling. This program is helping villagers to learn about their HIV/Aids status. The program is also preparing local people with information and support needed to change risky behaviors that could lead to HIV/Aids. Also this program has been implemented in Maasai Association's schools.

Maternity
The maternity clinic is a family oriented unit developed to provide excellent medical services and care to mothers and their newborns. The maternity clinic have a fully integrated approach program where trained nurses work side-by-side with traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to provide medical and family care services to our patients. This facility, without a doubt, will help us avert infant and mother mortality problem in the area.
All the services for mothers and their newborns are provided free of charge.

Mobile Clinic
The emergency vehicle allows the medical team to reach villages in the outlying areas and bring vital medical services to patients in need of urgent medical attention. Emergency vehicle is a significant complement towards our goal to avert mother and infant mortality in the region. It is our hope to extend this program to more villages in the future