MED25’s principle of providing healthcare to communities most in need led us to focus on a health clinic in Mbita, Kenya. Our clinic serves as the base for reaching the larger Mbita area, farming communities in the hills and fishing communities along Lake Victoria. To ensure a healthy population, we reach one patient at a time, an average of 1,600 patients each month within the clinic walls. Our reach is expanded through our Community Health Workers who serve an average of 350 households, over 2,000 individuals in one community.
Kenya is located in East Africa with a population of about 39.8 million, covering an area of 582,646 square kilometers (224,961 square miles). The major languages spoken in the country are Swahili and English, but the majority of the patients served at the MED25 clinic only speak their tribal language, Luo. Mbita District has a population of 118,000 people. It has the highest HIV prevalence in Kenya with a rate of 30%, compared to the national average of 6.7%.
The life expectancy for someone living in Kenya is 54 years of age for men and 55 years of age for women, while the average life expectancy of someone living in Mbita is 37 years of age for men and 41 years of age for women. More than 56% of Kenyans live below the poverty line, and the average resident of Mbita makes $0.62 per day.