In June 2014 the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust held its third medical camp at the Aitong Health Centre, not far from Elephant Pepper Camp in the Masai Mara.
The three-day camp took place from 24th – 26th June, 2014 and focussed on adult health, maternal child health (including cervical cancer screening and family planning), nutrition and dentistry.
The main aim of the camp was to concentrate on these four areas of health, while also building the capacity of the staff clinicians and community health workers.
Working with our partners Safarilink and The Kicheche Community Trust, a team of six were flown to the Mara North Conservancy for the medical camp and stayed at the nearby Elephant Pepper Camp. Dr Anne Kihara, Dr Rose Kosgei, Dr Irene Marete, Dr Sarah Awino and three dentistry experts kindly volunteered their time to work alongside health centre staff to treat an impressive 544 patients!
The majority of patients required paediatric attention, while others were treated for Obs and Gynae related matters, general ailments and dentistry.
Fantastic progress was made with general outreach. However, to build a way forward with the community, the Trust has highlighted that more training on early diagnosis, prevention of infection, dietary issues that place severe pressure on dental care, and male attitudes to family planning needs to be the focus of future work with the Aitong Health Centre. It was also agreed that collaborating with other partners and clinics in the area, alongside the Ministry of Health would also bring great benefit.
The Cheli & Peacock Community Trust, its partners and volunteers are already planning the next medical camp in November/December this year, which will look to build the capacity of Aitong clinic staff through training on key health-related issues (such as Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care) and also branch into other clinics nearby.
Commenting on the medical camp Stefano Cheli, owner of Cheli & Peacock says: “We began this medical camp in 2012, and since its inception, the team of experts and the wonderful staff at the clinic have provided free medical care to over 1,200 members of the local Aitong community. We are immensely grateful not only to our partner and doctors that made June’s camp such as success, but the wonderful community of guests and donors that continue to support our Trust projects across Kenya. Your kindness and generosity is invaluable. Thank you.”
If you would like to find out how to donate, please contact Chania Frost, Chania@chelipeacock.co.ke
All the best,
Patrick, Sophie and the C&P Community Trust