MKUF supports health intervention programs that promote the community.
MKUF implemented a programme to eradicate jiggers in Marsabit County. Jigger infestation had been a main cause of absenteeism in schools. Over 13,000 residents among them school-going children benefited from the programme, which was implemented in partnership with Partners For Care.
The programme has since been replicated to other parts of the country facing similar challenges.
MKUF occasionally host medical camps in various parts of the country to sensitize the public on communicable and non-communicable diseases. Students from MKU’s College of Health Sciences volunteer to dispense the services at no cost to the community.
The Foundation has in the past partnered with India’s Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, and Thika Level
5 Hospital to host a medical camp aimed at creating awareness on non-communicable diseases such
as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, and screen for breast, cervical and prostate cancers.
In Kenya, seven people require a blood transfusion every 10 minutes (World Bank, 2022). Only 16% of the
blood needed in the country collected. To rectify this shortage of supply, MKUF in partnership with Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service and Kenya Red Cross, and Thika Level V Hospital organized a blood donation drive in October, 2022. Over 182 pints of blood were realized.