Community Health Africa Trust
The Kijani Kenya Trust has supported the Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT) since 2007.
Established in 1999, CHAT is a community-based organisation that works to mitigate suffering and poverty by providing access to family planning combined with ecological sensitization and other integrated services to excluded and often nomadic communities.
Kenya has one of the highest birth and infant mortality rates in the world with 42.3% of the population between 0-14 years of age. The overwhelming need for Family Planning services to reduce the increasing amounts of infanticide, unskilled abortions, school girl pregnancies, and other related problems.
“Family planning could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology now available to the human race.” – UNICEF
CHAT’s services are delivered using a mobile clinic with an integrated system of vehicles, bicycles, on foot and, by camel; motoring over 15,000km reaching an average of 50,000 people annually.
Gertrudes Childrens Hospital
The hospital is situated in Nairobi and is a registered Trust. It has been in existence since 1947 and attends to over 300,000 children as outpatients each year and admits 5,000 children as inpatients each year.
The Kijani Kenya Trust has worked with Gertrudes since 2005 providing support for the travelling health advice centres which it operates in the Mount Kenya and northern areas of Kenya.
These are run in conjunction with CHAT, local Hospitals and District Health Clinics.
Many women and children have been treated and counseled for HIV AIDS and related health problems and future plans are to extend this project to other parts of Kenya and also to assist with family planning.