It’s been a very busy summer at the Rafiki Children’s Center. Construction work continues on the clinic where the second floor is being completed. Upon completion, this area will be temporarily used for classrooms for the Rafiki Academy. See our progress in the photos below.
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On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Dr. Terry and Barbara Davis Upendo Clinic, in partnership with Family Health Medical Center, hosted a screening outreach event. The event was free for all women who participated. Over the course of the day, 80 women were screened. The majority of women had never been tested for cervical cancer before, making this opportunity both valuable and unique. Women with positive or abnormal screening results were referred to Family Health Medical Center for further assessment and treatment, extending the benefit of this outreach beyond a single day.
Earlier this year, on Saturday March 1, 2014, the Dr. Terry and Barbara Davis Upendo Clinic hosted a free medical camp. The camp was located at Nderi Shopping Center, about five kilometers from Rafiki Children’s Center. The purpose of the camp was to provide community outreach and health screening, as well as to promote the services offered at Rafiki’s Upendo Health Clinic. Services included consultation for chronic or acute health care needs, basic laboratory testing, and medications. The camp was a huge success as we were able to see 147 patients throughout the day. Specific outcomes and the breakdown of patient demographics are provided in the report posted below.
Check back soon for details of the August Medical Camp event!
Free Medical Camp Launch, a set on Flickr.
Medical camp was a huge success, Dr. Marge did great work in the dental clinic. Visitors from the US were in attendance at the free medical camp launch in early August with Rev. Dr. John Nganga.
We continue to find our way forward at the Clinic which is turning out to be a major source of support for the community at large. Our Rafiki kids are really quite healthy and normally don’t require much in the way of medical attention. But the presence of our Clinic in the community with its very well equipped laboratory, a reasonably well stocked pharmacy, attended five days a week by a nurse and a laboratory technician, is a great community resource. The nominal fee of $1 per adult and $0.50 per child has been sufficient, in addition to contributions from donors, to keep it running.
This represents a true “ripple effect” where support of the Rafiki orphanage actually supports the surrounding community in a very tangible way. Having the medications available to dispense at the visit makes it much more likely they will actually get to the patients as intended.