Effective February 28, 2017, Med25 operations have fully transitioned to VillageReach, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to healthcare at the last mile. For more information.
Mbita was instrumental in helping fine-tune our model and develop a faster, more efficient approach to sustaining healthcare services.
Speeding up income-generating business
A key learning in this Mbita project was the importance of implementing income generating businesses early. With early planning and execution, we could have significantly shorten the amount of time until local sustainability is achieved.
Constructed the One Community Project, which included a clinic, mortuary, utility building, incinerator, guard house, septic system, rainwater collection system, community access to clean water, and community access to power.
Created social, local income generating businesses identified by the community to serve as income generation to support subsidized health care to the community.
Strong international partnerships with Seattle International Foundation, Construction for Change and the 30/30 Project, ROTH, McKinstry Charitable Foundation, The TEW Foundation, Lift Up Africa, and the Creag Foundation.
Strong local partnerships with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, FACES, KMET, Kenya Red Cross, and the Kirindo Community Based Organization
Constructed 5 buildings, provided the community with access to clean water and electric grid power, and provided funding for operations for 4 years until income generation began.
By December 2015, the Mbita project reached 100% local sustainability!
The Clean Water Project
Most residents of Mbita do not have access to clean drinking water and use Lake Victoria as their main source of water for cleaning, cooking, drinking, and bathing.MED25 started a Community Clean Water Program as income generation to support the health care services in Mbita, Kenya, while also serving an important need in the community. This is a significant health intervention for this community as we treat countless water-borne illnesses at the clinic as a result of polluted drinking water.
How It Works
For a small monthly fee, individuals or families are able to purchase a punch card to retrieve 20 liters of water per day. This is able to adequately serve a family of 5.
The Mortuary Project
After consulting the community, MED25 found that the top business need was a mortuary. The nearest mortuary is a 2 hour drive from our location, causing families to pay extremely high transportation costs, burying bodies right after death (which is against cultural beliefs of a proper burial in Africa), or leaving bodies of individuals who have passed away in homes until families can gather, causing the spread of diseases and poor sanitation. Creating a local business provides a needed service as well as income that supports our clinic’s operating costs.
A Culturally Appropriate Business
This is not a business a Western organization would think to implement, but is a business that is culturally appropriate and serves a real need in the community. By building and operating a mortuary, MED25 provides a needed social business that is profitable and funds quality, culturally appropriate, and affordable healthcare for this community long term, making it a self-sustaining project. The MED25 Mortuary opened in February 2014 and within one month was self-sustaining. All profits from the mortuary go towards supporting subsidized health care for the Mbita community.