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The Challenge

Achieving equitable access to healthcare poses a persistent challenge for individuals, healthcare providers, and governments worldwide. In the context of Kenya, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, lower respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal diseases has a substantial impact on a significant portion of the population. While treatment options for these ailments exist, accessibility remains a formidable obstacle, particularly in low-income communities. Residents of rural areas often face considerable travel distances to access necessary healthcare services, even for common medical conditions. Multiple stakeholders, including the Government of Kenya, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, are actively engaged in collaborative efforts to address these pressing healthcare needs.



Our Response

We believe that supporting good healthcare is part of the solution to our conservation challenge. By actively tending to the healthcare needs of local communities, Lewa not only earns their respect but also garners crucial support for its conservation endeavours.

In close collaboration with the local government, Lewa oversees the operations of  three clinics while managing one of its own. Positioned strategically, these clinics serve as the primary medical facilities within a 25-kilometer radius, catering to the health requirements of remote communities on Lewa. For tens of thousands of Kenyans, these clinics represent their sole access point to healthcare services.

The clinics under our purview specialise in diagnosing and treating reproductive and mental health issues. Furthermore, they actively engage in preventative healthcare measures and educational initiatives covering topics such as HIV/AIDS, family planning, and hygiene. To ensure accessibility, the clinics heavily subsidize a significant portion of the costs associated with meeting the healthcare needs of local communities.

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