For many regions in rural Kenya, quality health care is not accessible, and as a result, communities are faced with chronic illnesses and diseases, malnutrition, and high infant mortality rates.
Understanding that meeting basic health care needs is one of the most crucial and quickest ways to lift communities out of poverty, Baraka Hospital was established in 2010 with the goal of improving access to health care for hundreds of thousands of people from rural communities across the Maasai Mara region.
Focusing on preventive, curative and rehabilitative care, and through the leadership of professionally trained medical staff, Baraka has treated over 130,000 patients. It has established itself as not only a hospital, but as a centre for health education where community members can gain access to trusted information, resources and advice, which enables them to gain power over their own health.
To address the heartbreaking impact of high infant mortality in the region, Baraka Hospital opened a maternity wing in 2013, where staff have been able to provide high-quality care for mothers. Baraka has safely delivered over 3,000 babies. And as the need and reach of Baraka continued to grow, a surgical wing was added in 2017, where medical professionals have since performed over 500 advanced surgical and life-saving procedures to those in need.
Most recently, recognizing the important role the hospital plays in the community, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local government requested Baraka engage in leading and delivering education and awareness campaigns. Over the past year, Baraka’s team has reached and educated over 300,000 people throughout the region on COVID-19 and important preventive measures.