Mobile HIV/AIDS Clinic in Kenya

MOBILE HIV/AIDS CLINIC IN KENYA

Category: Freedom

Pitch

Over 1.5 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya today, 180,000 of which are below the age of 15. 80,000 people die from HIV/AIDS every year in Kenya, and 1.2 million children are living as orphans because of it. Understanding and awareness of HIV/AIDS is extremely limited.

Marafiki Community International wants to put together a mobile clinic to travel to rural parts of Kenya to provide HIV/AIDS testing, education and counseling services. Bringing awareness to the Kenyan population, testing for HIV/AIDS and providing counseling and resources can go a long way towards stemming the spread of this disease.

A mobile clinic is a truck that can tackle Kenya’s difficult and unfinished roads to reach populations in rural areas, including the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and Maasai villages. It hold up to 9 volunteers, workers and medical personnel, as well as camping gear to set up outposts for a week at a time in any given town, medical supplies, educational materials and necessary gear. It can also be used as a testing center, classroom for HIV/AIDS education or private counseling.

Testing kits are obtained from the government and up to 500 can be administered per day. They show results in 15 minutes. In the case of positive results, Kenyans would be directed to treatment and counseling, and whether positive or negative, everyone would receive information, education and awareness about the disease, transmission, safety practices and what it means to live with it.

HIV/AIDS is rampant in “easy money towns,” small towns rife with drug abuse and prostitution. Marafiki would outreach to drug abusers and sex workers to help them choose other ways of life and would seek to empower women who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS because of the sex trade.

Malaria is another leading cause of death in Kenya; the mobile clinic would carry testing kits for malaria as well.

Critical Need

HIV/AIDS is a pandemic that must be stopped. Over 1.5 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya today, 180,000 of which are below the age of 15. 80,000 people die from HIV/AIDS every year in Kenya, and 1.2 million children are living as orphans because of it. Education and awareness about the disease and available resources is extremely limited.

The first major need is that Kenyans need to know whether they have HIV/AIDS or not. The mobile clinic will address this through providing testing and if results are positive, directing them to available treatment.

Education about HIV/AIDS, transmission, safety practices and its impacts is desperately needed as well. The mobile clinic will bring this information to rural communities and seek to empower the population to live better lives through stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Because of its prevalence in “easy money towns” rife with drug abuse and prostitution, the mobile clinic outreaches to these Kenyans to help them understand they have other options and life choices they can make. It seeks to empower women to help them choose other ways of earning a living.

Malaria is also rampant throughout Kenya and the mobile clinic will test for that and direct Kenyans to treatment as well.

Impact

This idea has the potential to have tremendous impact.

The mobile clinic can carry 9 volunteers, workers, and medical and counseling personnel, who can administer up to 500 tests per day. The clinic will travel to rural communities and stay there for 1-2 weeks at a time.

The number of people targeted in the rural towns is 25,000. Additionally, the mobile clinic will go to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps (an additional 4,000 people) and the Maasai villages (approx. 3,000 people per village).

During high season when volunteers are plentiful, the clinic can run every week. During low season it can run every 2-3 weeks.

Given these restrictions, the clinic can reach the above number of communities and people in 6-10 months. The idea is that the clinic will continue to run long term, ever expanding in the areas covered and outreaching further.

This project has broader impacts as well. Through this mobile clinic, local Kenyan workers and international volunteers are able to outreach to these communities and form positive connections. The mobile clinic will outreach to drug abusers and sex trade workers to help them find other options and ways of life. It will empower those living with HIV/AIDS to understand this disease and enable them to live meaningful, fulfilling lives. This project is in the Freedom category because it frees Kenyans to make better, healthier choices towards inspiring, fulfilling lives.

It connects international volunteers to Kenyans and will truly save lives, thus spreading the impact throughout the world.

Feasibility

The mobile clinic is extremely feasible.

Because it is so crucial to the health and well-being of the Kenyan population, Marafiki Community International has already tried it successfully on a smaller scale. We are in desperate need of a truck and the appropriate gear to bring this clinic to the rural villages and areas and have the impact described in that section.

Marafiki runs many volunteer projects and has been operating since 2010. It is run by local Kenyans and takes hundreds of international volunteers annually for various projects. The groundwork for the mobile clinic has already been laid out, necessary contacts and connections made, and plans are already being drawn up. As soon as we obtain the funding to buy the truck and necessary gear, we will be ready to launch.

Last Points

This idea has the power to change lives. No child should ever be orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. We must do our part to stop the insipid and violent spread of HIV/AIDS throughout Kenya, and hopefully, as the success of this project increases, the world. HIV/AIDS is a number one killer. We can- and must- stop it.

This project is not just about stemming the tide of HIV/AIDS. It’s also about bringing people together and helping empower Kenyans to live meaningful, fulfilled lives through understanding the disease and- especially in the case of drug abuse and the sex trade- to make positive, life-affirming choices that lead to a better and brighter future for all.

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Submitted by:

Mindy Eklove

Location:

Toronto, Canada

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diana njeri diana njeri
Kenya
we on it cause we believe :) 11:45AM June 03, 2013
Mindy Eklove Mindy Eklove
Canada
Thank you to everyone for all the votes, comments and support! Today is the last day to vote, so please make sure to do so!! Thank you! 08:15AM June 03, 2013
joseph hiuhu joseph hiuhu
Kenya
All the best 03:06AM June 03, 2013
Judith Benattar Judith Benattar
Canada
I wish you all tons of luck to make this happen!!! 04:04PM June 01, 2013
Marcelo Rios Marcelo Rios
Argentina
Amazing! 03:10AM June 01, 2013
diana njeri diana njeri
Kenya
sad that many still do not know about HIV Aids, hope the project goes through, would be great to reduce if not eliminate the stigma. 04:17AM May 29, 2013
Kariuki Betty20 Kariuki Betty20
Kenya
Lets make a change in the world we leave in 04:37AM May 28, 2013
Kariuki Betty20 Kariuki Betty20
Kenya
Lets make a change in the world we leave in 04:37AM May 28, 2013
Izzo Mwangi Izzo Mwangi
Kenya
asante sana to all Marafiki joining hands here!! 01:12PM May 27, 2013
Bob Rich Bob Rich
Australia
Mindy, your'e marvelous, and I hope your project gets going. :) Bob 12:05AM May 27, 2013
Mindy Eklove Mindy Eklove
Canada
Thanks for all the support and comments! We also hope this moves forward, it would make a huge difference and potentially save lives. Please keep voting every day between now and June 3! 12:31PM May 26, 2013
aggrey mien aggrey mien
Kenya
great idea...... i love it 10:48AM May 26, 2013
Georgia  Morrison Georgia Morrison
Australia
amazing idea. good luck! xx 02:56AM May 26, 2013
Michael Cann Michael Cann
United Kingdom
Great idea, I hope the proposal goes forward! 12:00PM May 25, 2013
siva jaganathan siva jaganathan
Malaysia
Its very good idea. The sucessfull execution of this Idea should exapnd to different parts of the world. Its mobile Health caravan for needy people. Am so thankfull to carving this wonderfull Idea and My friend - d' introduced this. 03:17AM May 24, 2013
Jesse Kangethe Jesse Kangethe
Kenya
It's a great idea.like it.keep up the good job. 12:23PM May 23, 2013
Mindy Eklove Mindy Eklove
Canada
Chuck- there are definitely some ideas for design but not final and all suggestions are welcome! Thanks for the input about Cameron. Hopefully I'll have the chance to discuss it with him. 09:21AM May 22, 2013
Kariuki Betty20 Kariuki Betty20
Kenya
I think of the many kenyans that have no access to information about HIV/Aids...I think about this idea and I see hope for many! 03:37AM May 22, 2013
Chuck Taylor Chuck Taylor
Canada
Hi Mindy — great idea! Implementing a Mobile HIV/AIDS Health Clinic would represent a significant step toward building a dispersed and efficient network of care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Have you in mind any designs? I was doing some research on this very thing and came across a number of Architecture for Humanity’s designs — Cameron Sinclair (one of the judges) is the co-founder. Bet he'd have some great insight. 08:24PM May 21, 2013
David Muraguri David Muraguri
Kenya
A well thought idea. 02:26PM May 21, 2013
Marafiki Community Marafiki Community
Kenya
that definitely what friends are for!! 11:42AM May 21, 2013
Mwangi Isaac Mwangi Isaac
Kenya
Tamu sana. Huduma mzuri sana 12:11PM May 20, 2013
Brian Gerald Brian Gerald
Kenya
This is change that will rescue my generation. 11:12AM May 20, 2013
kelvin ouma kelvin ouma
Kenya
i love it. 04:37AM May 20, 2013
Macharia Mwangi Macharia Mwangi
Kenya
Tutashukuru Mola ikakua. 01:40PM May 19, 2013
D. K. D. K.
Kenya
This will help reach OVC's and spread much needed education on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 04:42AM May 11, 2013
D. K. D. K.
Kenya
This will help reach OVC's and spread much needed education on the HIV/AIDSD Pandemic. 04:40AM May 11, 2013
Renee Biancolin Renee Biancolin
Canada
Great idea! 02:45PM May 10, 2013
Helen Adams Helen Adams
United Kingdom
Sooooooo worthwhile and such a wonderful cause!!! 03:06AM May 10, 2013
Mindy Eklove Mindy Eklove
Canada
Holly- me too! It's desperately needed. 03:20PM May 09, 2013
Holly Tibbitts Holly Tibbitts
United Kingdom
Amazing idea!! Hope this gets the go ahead! xxx 02:13PM May 09, 2013
George Mbiriri George Mbiriri
Kenya
Brilliant Idea. 01:14PM May 09, 2013
Izzo Mwangi Izzo Mwangi
Kenya
worth it!! worth it!! worth it!! 06:25AM May 09, 2013