Safaricom Foundation that has benefited Kenyans for 10 years now have committed to increase the funds from Kshs 200 Million to Kshs 236 Million.
The free medical program has helped over one million Kenyans since it started. They provide treatment of various diseases and consultation services in medical camps.
“This forms part of our continuous effort to increase access to health care services for Kenyans. Kenya’s Vision 2030 aims to provide an efficient integrated and high quality affordable health care to all citizens with priority given to preventive care at community and household level. It is for this reason that we aim to support government’s agenda of promoting health care in Kenya,” said Joe Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
The 36 Million increase is set for conducting free medical camps for 2 years. The camps which will be conducted in partnership with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre will include 12 free medical camps and three diabetes youth camps.
World health Organization (WHO) have noted that the rate at which non-communicable diseases are rising in Kenya is more distinct compared to other Countries in Africa.So ,this phase will see the medical camps emphasizing on non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cancer as a result the ever-changing healthcare in Kenya. Other ailments will also be focused on.
Research shows that there was a rise in the number of people who die in Kenya as a result of non-communicable diseases. A rise of 44% was registered between the year 2000 and 2012 compared to 26% in East Africa.
From the just concluded medical camps, it was noticed that 5% of the people who were screened for diabetes turned positive said Eva Muchemi Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre Executive Director
“We are keen on creating awareness on non-communicable diseases which is why we encourage those who attend the free medical camps to screen for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases,” Muchemi said.
“This way, we are able to capture those who may be suffering but are not aware,” she concluded.