By Jane Okoth
Wildlife Works’ Kasigau Corridor REDD+ team has partnered with the County Government and local community health volunteers to ensure quality health care services are available to community members in the project area.
Recently, we hosted a free medical health outreach clinic in Kale Primary School, located in the project area. Throughout the day, community members had access to health advice, as well as a wide range of services including eye care, cancer screening, physiotherapy, dental care, HIV testing, pediatric services and more.
This partnership was aimed at improving access to quality healthcare, since community members have limited access to healthcare facilities and lack adequate personnel and expertise to address their medical needs. During the outreach program, 270 patients were able to access free medical care, and eye patients were booked for surgery at the County Referral Hospital in Voi.
The health of people, animals, and our shared environment is all interconnected, and an investment in the health of a community is just as much an investment into the forest and wildlife.