At least 60,000 Kenyans across the 47 counties will benefit from M-PESA Foundation-funded medical camps starting with Lamu County this week.
The Kes46 million investment is expected to fund health information provision, medical equipment and drugs for general healthcare, screening of select NCDs, dental care, eye care and management of diabetes and hypertension.
The first camp is set to be unveiled in Lamu County, where the M-PESA Foundation has invested Kes1,700,000.00 in drugs and surgical equipment to support healthcare provision.
M-PESA Foundation Chairman. Nicholas Nganga stated that the programme complements other landmark initiatives in collaboration with various counties to address healthcare challenges.
“At the same time, we are looking to improve our approaches to reach as many people as possible. The medical camps are, therefore, an avenue to ensure better healthcare outcomes for local communities.”
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Some flagship health projects under the M-PESA Foundation are Daktari Smart, a telemedicine project in collaboration with Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation.
Daktari Smart provides specialist care to Kenyans in hard-to-reach and underserved areas in Lamu, Homa Bay, Baringo and Samburu counties.
The Kes168 million programme has operated since 2021 to provide more than 32,000 children with access to specialist health services.
The Foundation also has a reproductive health programme known as Uzazi Salama, which is set to benefit over 90,000 people in Homa Bay County.
In conjunction with Flying Doctors, M-PESA Foundation has a fistula programme that has seen over 400 women receive surgery and treatment since 2021.
This week also, Safaricom Foundation launched the renovated Kiwayu Dispensary in Lamu for Kes 2 million to further improve access to health services for the community.