Hospital visits in Kenya are often avoided evenin cases when an individual is in desperate need of medical attention. Through the experiences acquired on the anti-jigger campaign, it became clear that the majority of jigger victims do not visit the hospital for treatment simply because there is no available transport or because the roads are impassible.
This also applied to those suffering from a wide variety of other illnesses and as a result, the patients do not seek the requisite medical treatment and the illnesses progress unnecessarily. To address this issue, Ahadi Kenya Trust initiated a project dubbed Ambulance Mashinani that gives patients a functional mode of transport to the hospital while providing them with emotional support and reassurance.
This invaluable service comprises low-cost ambulances powered by a motorbike and covered with a canvas to protect the patient from heat, sunlight, rain and dust, that ensures confidentiality and dignity en route to the hospital. The Lotto Foundation provided financial support for the purchasing of ambulances in all 47 counties in Kenya.
The ambulances were received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, in a ceremony held at the State House grounds during which the First Lady acknowledged and thanked initiatives that support Beyond Zero, such as Ambulance Mashinani. She went on to thank every Kenyan who has supported Beyond Zero since its inception.
“We must take steady steps to ensure we reach the goal of zero percent child mortality rate. This is within the reach of the Kenyan people” said Mrs. Kenyatta. Brian Waluchio, chairman of Lotto Foundation, confirmed our commitment to quality healthcare and economic development. “I am extremely optimistic about the potential impacts that this initiative will have on our development as a country,” said Mr. Waluchio.
“The first and most important form of wealth that one can have is good health. The Lotto Foundation hopes to participate in more partnerships to make this a reality for all Kenyan citizens, regardless of their location,” he added.
Ambulance Mashinani is celebrated as one of the initiatives that complement the Beyond Zero project in improving access to health care. Lotto Foundation donated the Kiambu Ambulance Mashinani to the First Lady of Kiambu County, Madam Philomena Kabogo during a Beyond Zero medical camp clinic at Ngarariga village in Limuru.
The event was honoured by the presence of UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador Victoria Beckham, who was visiting Kenya on a mission to raise awareness on maternal child health and the plight of childrenliving in poverty. Lotto Foundation funded the project with a grant of Ksh 24,500,000.