Project information

Nariokotome Primary HealthCare and Mobile Clinic

To reduce incidences of infant mortality, preventable disease and associated suffering experienced by the isolated Turkana in this remote region of Northern Kenya by providing access to basic primary health care services including vaccinations, preventative medicines, and education.

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information

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  • Need


    The project aims to address the health and welfare needs of the remote nomadic/semi-nomadic population of North Turkana, an inhospitable region in Northern Kenya, through provision of vaccinations, medicines for the treatment of illness like TB, neo-natal care, treatments for aids , provision of a treatment service for injuries and preventable disease. No other health provider is active in the region, our programme provides the only access to health services for a major part of the population.


    The health care services provided include immunization of under fives, antenatal/postnatal care, health education, home visits, follow-up of patients with chronic illness, treatment and home based care for HIV/AIDS patients, seminars, nutrition and school health programmes, attendance and referral of medical emergencies. In school term de-worming is done and health education/medical check-ups -cases of infection are detected and referred to the nearest dispensary for management and follow-up

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a fuil complement of health and welfare services to the local population.


    » We will continue to support the project through the employment of necessary qualified medical staff who are native to Kenya.
    » We will continue to run health education programmes to help the local population understand disease better, and to to identify conditions early.
    » We will keep stocks of medical supplies necessary for treatment and prevention of illness at our central dispensary as well as basic supplies

    Success will be...demonstrated by record keeping which will show how many people are treated as well as the reduction of the incidence of preventative disease.

    Aim 2

    Provide mobile clinic health and welfare services to remote communities in inaccessible areas.


    » We will continue to run our mobile clinic to the dispensary's at 24 out reach locations where no other health provider is active to treat and educate.

    Success will be...demonstrated once again by the records we keep of all our activities and treatments and incidence of recurring but preventative disease, and chronic conditions.

  • Impact


    The long term changes are the reduction in child mortality, the incidence of preventative disease, and the improvement in the quality of life of the local population, in particular the children, more of whom will be able to avoid illness, attend school and eventually, it is hoped, secure work and a source of income. It is also hoped the education will further reduce the incidence of chronic conditions.


    The risks to the project include the availability of medicines and medical supplies, the extreme weather conditions that may prevent people attending the clinic or the mobile clinic from reaching the dispensaries, and the wear and tear on the vehicle. The other risk is the availability of staff and support personnel in such a remote area. However, since 2003 we have been able to sustain all aspects of the programme through sound management, planning and identifying risks before they impact us.


    We will keep donors informed of the impact their generosity is having on the project through our regular newsletter and direct email communications. Specifically we will report highlights of the success the clinic is having including the treatment of preventative disease and chronic conditions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £59,192

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,073 Medicine Supplies Total medical supplies and Equipments
      £22,469 Personnel Nurses auxiliaries, security, driver mechanics
      £19,650 Running Costs Mileage including transfer of patients, maintenance Coordination expenses including hospital trips
  • Background


    Turkana District is a semi-desert and except at the district capital, Lodwar, the nomadic/semi-nomadic population of c. 500K has little access to trade or business, and therefore sources of income. It is an area of extreme poverty, extreme weather, and its population, without permanent settlements other than at water points, has largely been ignored by other development initiatives precisely due to their unsettled lifestyle making them difficult to reach and get involved in programmes.


    The immediate beneficiaries of the project are the approximately 700 people who attend the clinic each month. These include expectant mothers, infants and young children. We also treat the elderly and those who have specific accident related injuries, snake and insect bites and chronic conditions. With our mobile clinic we are able to reach isolated communities to provide health education, treatment, immunizations and welfare services including education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Primary Health Care service we support has been successfully established in Nariokotome since 2003 including a network of 24 dispensaries which are reached with the mobile clinic. The fully trained and registered nurses and assistants are Kenyan and live near the clinic which is a permanent and secure facility. There are no other health providers active in the area which means the project provides the only access to these services for a major part of the population in the region.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Scholastica Wema

    Scholastica is the project owner and a qualified nurse with many years experience who has run the PHC clinic since it began.