Sickness and disease have a devastating impact on poor communities in Kenya and around the world. 70% of urban residents in Kenya live in informal settlements, where unsanitary living conditions and overpopulation lead to a high prevalence of communicable disease.
It is difficult for people in these communities to find and access dependable, quality health care on a regular basis because of the following obstacles.
Inconvenient: Patients often take multiple modes of transport and spend a lot of time in line and moving between different facilities just to get simple ailments checked out. This wastes time, money, and keeps people out of work and school.
Expensive: Private providers are prohibitively expensive for the majority of Kenyans, and insurance markets are underdeveloped meaning most health expenses are paid out of pocket.
Weak Supply Chains: Counterfeit and stolen drugs have penetrated the Kenyan market. Many local chemists purchase medications from unreliable suppliers and lack the capital to properly stock their stores. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board found that almost 30% of the drugs in Kenya were counterfeit.
Unpleasant: Stories of expired medication and people catching diseases from waiting rooms scare many people away from their surrounding providers. Women we talked to are demanding a clean, friendly place to get care.
Inconsistent: Roving nurses, program-specific monitoring, and one-day drives fill some gaps in the system, but leave patients without a comprehensive care provider.
Access Afya’s clinics and other programs aim to alleviate these obstacles and provide convenient, inexpensive, dependable, and quality health care for the communities we serve. Our goal is to uphold our belief that every patient has the right to feel cared for when he or she walks into one of our clinics.
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