Elewana’s Land & Life Foundation is committed to provide medical supplies and equipment, free medical camps and staff capacity building, addressing the core priorities of healthcare in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara.
For eight years, Land & Life Foundation have been supporting the Aitong Health Centre in the Masai Mara, providing much-needed supplies and holding free annual medical camps open to the Maasai population in the area. Last year, Land & Life held its annual medical camp in October partnering with Oasis Health, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Kicheche, Safarilink Aviation, Saruni, Mara North Conservancy, Ministry of Health (Narok West) and NHIF, to treat 865 patients - a total of 4,520 patients treated free of charge to date. The three-day medical camp was attended by volunteer experts from Oasis Health (three General Practitioners, two dentists, two Obstetrician/Gynaecologists, a paediatrician, clinicians, nurses, lab technicians and pharmacist from Aitong Health Center.
This year will be the eight annual medical camp and the focus will be on helping women in the Mara overcome barriers associated with cervical cancer screening. Did you know that in Kenya today, cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women aged between 18 and 49 years after breast cancer? Current estimates indicate that every year over 2000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported and over 1000 deaths from the disease in the country. Screening levels still remain low at just 3.2% among women aged 18 to 69 years compared with 70% of women in the developed world. We will teach them how to collect samples by themselves so that they do not shy away from getting the help they need. Going hand in hand with this, in partnership with the Ministry of Health – Narok West we plan to provide Human Papillomavirus (HPV) screening and vaccination. Cervical cancer is by far the most common HPV-related disease. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer can be linked to HPV infection. In addition to these, we will provide other Obs/gynaecology services, dermatology, paediatrics, dentistry, general medicine and potentially free eye check-up.