There is no free state-provided health care in Kenya. There are three clinics in Wundanyi and Mvono Clinic provides for more poor people than the other two. This focus has meant that income levels are lower which in the past resulted in a limited service and fewer treatments available. Support from Education Exchange since 2014 has enabled steady and significant improvements:
Between 2014 and 2016 a steady programme of redecoration and repair took place. The clinic became much more comfortable for both patients and staff. The limited space available was very well used, but we knew that further extensions would eventually be necessary. Here’s how the clinic looked in 2016 when the first refurbishments were completed:
By the autumn of 2018 the big increase in patient numbers meant that it was time to enlarge our floor space quite considerably. The chance came up to move into the shop next door. So Selina and her team went for it! The two pictures below were taken in November 2018:
- A wider range of drugs:
Mvono now stocks a much wider range of drugs with a wider range of treatments. More people are being treated (there was a 20% increase in patient numbers in 2017 alone) and more income is being generated, with drug prices are kept as low as possible. The clinic now makes a healthy profit each month, which is reinvested in further developments. As part of our support to Selina and her team, we are sent each monthly financial spreadsheet so that we can monitor how things are progressing.
- Better testing and analysis:
Our funding of Mvono Clinic enabled staff in 2016 to be trained in testing for malaria and to buy testing kits. This led to earlier diagnosis and better treatment, particularly for the most vulnerable groups, ie the young and old. Then through 2017 and into 2018 Mvono has created its own laboratory analysis facility. In January 2018 our new Lab Technician began work. Her expertise will enable rapid diagnosis of many conditions and a swifter return to health for many patients. With all the improvements that have taken place over the last few years, Mvono Clinic has now become an accredited clinic with the Kenyan National Health Insurance Fund.
- Future developments:
In 2016 Mvono Clinic was chosen by Marie Stopes International to work with a number of local women in the area of sexual health and contraception. The outcomes of this work were so positive that Selina has decided- with the full support of Education Exchange- to appoint a full-time Community Nurse, who will join the Mvono team later in 2018 and focus in particular on the young and the old in our outlying villages. Watch this space for further developments of this brilliant new initiative!
A message from Selina Machango at Mvono Clinic:
“Mine is to express my sincere gratitude to Education Exchange for the assistance you have continued to offer me. Have no words to express this. I promise to make best use of the funds to uplift the standard of the clinic. May the almighty God bless you all abundantly”
See this unsolicited comment from a local resident:
“Whenever I fall ill I visit Mvono Clinic because they are willing to treat me even when I can’t pay immediately. Mvono play a big role in my family’s health because their services are good and their prices are fair. In conclusion I want to thank Education Exchange and Mvono clinic for their support to our family.”