HealthCare for the Poor – DWW Tembo Medical Centre

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June 29, 2014
DWW Tembo is located in Muhuru Bay, Migori County, Western Kenya. The 13 room medical centre, open 24 hours a day, became operational in September 2014 and has already seen over 10,000 new patients: a third of the local population. We even see patients who have walked all the way from neighboring Tanzania.
On the shores of Lake Victoria, Muhuru is one of Kenya’s poorest areas with most of the population living on less than $1 a day. The province has the worst HIV rate in Kenya as well as a very high incidence of diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Unsurprisingly, therefore, many cases are severe and require repeat visits.
Already a very successful Primary Health Care for the Poor project, DWW Tembo has recently moved into its second stage of development. It is now a Maternal, New born and Child Health Centre. Babies who previously may have been born at home can now be delivered in a safe, sterile environment by trained practitioners. Education is a key focus with weekly antenatal classes for expectant mothers.