Safari Doctors medical boat launch
The French Embassy, represented by Ms. Anne-Sophie Triboulet, Project Officer for Development and Humanitarian Affairs, attended the Safari Doctors Mama Daktari Boat Launch on the 24th of August 2018 in Shella Island (Lamu county).
Safari Doctors is a community-based organization based in Lamu, Kenya registered in 2015. Its mission is to provide affordable and appropriate healthcare to marginalized communities in Lamu county. The Safari Doctors team won the United Nations Person of the Year 2017.
Mama Daktari Boat is the new medical boat of Safari Doctors. Each month, the Safari Doctors ‘team will set sail in this boat loaded with medecines and will conduct mobile clinics across at least 8 villages in Lamu county. Knowing that the different villages of Lamu usually do not have clinics, those medical boats are the only way for the marginalized population of Lamu villages to have access to healthcare.
The French Embassy supports Safari Doctors through the Fund Innovative Project for Civil Societies and Coalition of Actors (PISCCA) since September 2017. Indeed, the French Embassy funds the Safari Doctors’ Health Ambassadors program. This one-year-project aims at providing young men and women of Lamu county with basic health education. Those youths are called “Health Ambassadors”.
There are 30 Health Ambassadors across 8 villages in Lamu East. They are selected by their respective communities and aged between 18 to 25 years old. They are trained to become leaders in their community and to help foster well-being across the villages covered by the Safari Doctors. They are also sensitized against drug abuse, HIV prevention and awareness, and they are also trained on how to administer First Aid.
During the Mama Daktari Boat Launch, the Safari Doctors were humbled by the presence of a representative from the french embassy who are one of their major partners.