In July 2011, So They Can opened the Pipeline Community Health Clinic near Aberdare Ranges Primary School in Nakuru, Kenya in conjunction with the Kenyan Ministry of Health.
The Ministry provides one full time nurses to the clinic and patients pay a nominal fee that contributes to the running costs of the clinic. We have connected power that enables clinic staff to house critical vaccines on site for efficient treatment of patients to guard against preventable diseases.
The health clinic serves the wider local community of 20,000 people, including all students from Aberdare Ranges Primary School and the Miti Mingi Village. On average the clinic sees more than 1200 patients a month.
Dr James Roberston, public health specialist from the University of Notre Dame Australia, is our Clinic and Public Health manager. James oversees annual medical checks for all our students and children at the Home and has developed an overall public health plan.
James visits the clinic each November with a team of volunteer medical students as part of a Notre Dame Australia University annual visit.
Since its foundation the health of the community has significantly improved and we continue to monitor and evaluate the effect the clinic is having on the welfare of the community that it was set up to support.