MED 25 International Clinic - Project 1
Location: Mbita, Kenya
Status: Under Construction
Budget & Size: $320,000; 2 Buildings, 3,300 SF
Type: Phase 1: Mortuary; Phase 2: Clinic
People Impacted (projected): 60,500
Project Manager: Terry Green, Mari Anderson
In accordance with Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, MED25 International strives to improve the health of a community in need. Serving the district of Mbita, Kenya, MED25 provides individuals from rural Africa with quality, culturally appropriate, and affordable health care. The clinic is located in Kisui Village, an area with 60,500 individuals who did not have access to a health care facility prior to the presence of MED25. Their work is crucial realizing that in the district of Mbita, only 52% of children are immunized against preventable diseases, 26.6% of children die before they reach adulthood, 36% of residents are HIV positive (v. 6.7% of Kenyans nationwide), and the average life expectancy is 37 years old.
The Clinic was constructed in response to a growing need and insufficient capacity at a previously existing facility. With an average of 45 patients per day and on some days, even a high of 68 patients, Med25 did not have the physical space, and therefore ability to expand its services. The new clinic was thoughtfully designed in order to meet the increasing patient flow, reduce cost, create a conducive environment for patients and their families, and align with local expectations and cultural norms. In addition to construction for the new clinic, the project also funded a much needed mortuary to serve the region, volunteer housing, eco-friendly toilets, rain water collection system, sewage system, guard house, fencing and gate for property, and solar equipment for critical clinic services. We are proud to share that the mortuary now subsidizes over 90% of clinic expenses.
The long-term plan of MED25 is to create sustainable, income-generating businesses in order to continue to provide low-cost, high quality health care in the region. These social enterprises will meet the needs of the community, but will also generate income to operate the clinic and its outreach programs.