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World aids day

World AIDS dayOn this World AIDS Day people around the globe are coming together to join the fight against HIV, showing their support for people living with HIV, and commemorating those who they have lost.

At Land & Life Foundation, we’re very proud of the work we do to support people with HIV and their communities. We often think of Kenya as a natural paradise but it has the joint 4th largest AIDS epidemic in the world, a million and a half people are living with HIV and over a million children have been orphaned because of AIDS.

So Land & Life Foundation initiatives such as the Aitong Medical camp are vital to the future health of our people. At this year’s camp, 240 people volunteered to be tested for HIV and learnt how to avoid getting and spreading HIV. It’s not only the people who got tested who will benefit – what they’ve learnt will be passed on and help keep the community safer.

Spread the word today and help keep everyone healthy and safe.

We look forward to seeing even more people at the 2017 Aitong Medical camp – more information to follow soon!

We’ve just finished holding our 5th Aitong Medical Camp and we are pleased to report it was our biggest success yet. It’s fantastic to see the impact that these camps have on the local community and I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved.

The camp, which ran from November 1st – 3rd was only possible by working in partnership with Elewana Collection’s Elephant Pepper Camp, Kicheche Community trust, and Safarilink Aviation and brought vital medical services, support and supplies to the people around Aitong.

There was a lot of hard work to get the camp running and even more meant we could help hundreds of people each day. The community has no regular access to medical services, so the camp is literally a lifeline for many of them.

This years’ medical camp focussed on:

  • Gynecology and obstetrics (childbirth and midwifery)
  • Adult health
  • Paediatrics
  • Dentistry

We had six dedicated specialists (2 Gynecologists, 1 General Practitioner, 1 Pediatrician and 2 Dentists) who were kind enough to offer their services for free. Through their efforts, they managed to treat an unbelievable total of 885 patients in only three days!

Not only is this a fantastic result but also a tremendous increase from the previous medical camp. That’s nearly a thousand people who are in much better health, who have received the care and attention they need and can start to live better lives.

But that’s not all. Together with our partner, Kicheche Community Trust, we also donated medical supplies worth USD 685, so even more people got access to both the expertise and the medicine they needed.

Once again, I’d just like to say a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to the medics for giving up their time to be part of the medical camp, to everyone at Elephant Pepper & Kicheche Camps for hosting them during the medical camp and to everyone else who made the event such a vital success. The positive impact on the community will be felt in so many ways and we can’t wait to see what we can do next year!

Today we would like to share with you some heartwarming news.

31 year old Eunice Kapeen is a devoted mother of six and dedicated community health volunteer. Without the Aitong Medical Camp, Eunice wouldn’t have been able to get back to health and continue these vital roles.

For two months, Eunice was suffering from recurrent tonsillitis, causing her great pain and making it impossible for her to care for her family and community.

Without treatment, the bacteria that causes tonsillitis can spread through the body, affecting the kidneys, immune system and lead to further complex and dangerous complications.

Luckily, Eunice was able to get help at the Aitong Medical camp. “The doctor who treated me was very good and professional.” she says with a smile. “She explained to me clearly what I needed to do to prevent future infections and prescribed some medicine which I was given for free to be taken for five days.

“She asked me to go for review after a week but it was too costly for me to come back to the health facility. But I am very grateful because without their help I would not be well enough to take care of my family and community. I would like to commend the organisers for this free service to my community. ”

Eunice is part of the Olosogon community in Aitong. Like so many of her friends, family and neighbours trying to thrive in the area, Eunice faces health, social and economic challenges every day.

Her community are semi-nomadic farmers who rely on cattle to live, bringing the added challenge of wildlife attacks on their livestock .

Land and Life Foundation has worked with the Olosogon people to show the benefits of working with rather than against nature. They have become partners in our conservation work and as one small way of giving back, we hold these free medical camps annually. In the last 4 years, the camps have treated over 1,200 people, bringing life – and community-changing results.

Because of her successful treatment, Eunice has offered to go back to her community and try to encourage all those who need help to visit the medical camps. The demand today for medical attention, supplies and professionals is growing.

Please support our work and make sure we continue to help save and improve the lives of people like Eunice.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Right now, there are thousands of people in some of the remotest areas of Kenya who are in desperate need of medical care and attention that they simply cannot get access to.

From newborn babies and children to pregnant women and seniors, rural communities in the Maasai Mara are at real risk of sickness, disease and even death because of the lack of basic medicine.

But you can help. The Aitong Medical Camp, supported by the Land & Life Foundation, the Kicheche Community Trust and Safarilink Aviation provides essential medical supplies and highly trained medical personnel where they’re needed most. Without these free camps, sick, injured and vulnerable people couldn’t afford to  receive this level of professional care and access to medicine they so desperately need.

Over the last 5 years, the annual camps have helped over a thousand people, saving lives and providing healthier futures. But there’s so much more we need to do.

The camps can only run because of vital donations from people like you. Your donation will help pay for the medical supplies, camp licences and community mobilisation. Without your kind gift, we simply couldn’t run the camps and we urgently need to raise $3,000 by November to make sure this year’s camp will go ahead.

As little as:

  • $10 will buy two boxes of examination gloves
  • $30 will buy 100 vials of injections
  • $50 will buy one set of Obs/Gynae medical kit
  • $100 will cover the application fee for the medical camp licence
  • $150 will buy 100 bottles of cough medication
  • $200 will buy enough syringes and needles to be used during the Medical Camp and stock the Aitong Health Centre

Donate now and help make this year’s camp reach as many people as possible.