Lamu Islands – Medical Camps (2010-2014)

June 27, 2012

Part of the Coast Province is the Lamu Archipelago; at its furthest tip it is 100km from Somalia! The most well known island is Lamu and its town is considered the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa going back to the 14th century. We are a culturally sensitive bunch at DWW and take a lot of interest in the history and peoples we want to work with. We have been working in Lamu since 2010, initially supporting volunteer based medical projects.

To coincide with a major annual cultural event called Mawlid, we worked with local partners including the Kenya Red Cross to provide a major surgical and primary healthcare camp to local residents. The camp provided a range health services including dental, eyehealth, obs & gyne and other specialities.

Each camp was a major logistical exercise with over 100 volunteers and medical professionals working over a week to provide essential healthcare and advice.

The project ran between 2010 and 2014.