M-PESA and Safaricom Foundations Support Healthcare Projects at the Coast
Through its M-PESA and Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) Foundations, Safaricom has supported healthcare projects and economic empowerment projects worth KES 9.5 million in Kilifi and Mombasa Counties.
In Kilifi County, the M-PESA Foundation in partnership with the Flying Doctors Society of Africa organized a fistula camp where over 60 women benefitted from free fistula treatment and surgery at Kilifi County Referral Hospital. M-PESA Foundation supported the camp to the tune of KES 8.5 million.
“This partnership has created awareness about fistula, and we urge more women to get screened and take advantage of these medical camps to get free surgeries. Through such healthcare projects, we are also living our purpose, which is to transform lives,” said Nicholas Nganga, Chairman of the M-PESA Foundation. The camp also provided training for Community Health Workers and Community Health Volunteers to strengthen health outcomes and support fistula cases.
“The Flying Doctors’ Society provides access to outreach medical services. We offer hope, create awareness, and reduce the stigma those living with fistula face. We are committed to restoring the dignity of women and girls in the country as part of our efforts to contribute to eradicating fistula in Kenya by 2030,” said Tanya Nduati, CEO of Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa.
In Mombasa County, Safaricom Foundation through the Ndoto Zetu initiative equipped Railways Dispensary with an assortment of laboratory items to improve service delivery and boost blood analysis at the facility. The Foundation also funded the purchase of workshop equipment for the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) to enable persons with disabilities to engage in entrepreneurship. Both investments were worth KES 1,000,000.
The Safaricom Foundation’s investment in Railways Dispensary in Mombasa County will make a real difference in the lives of the people who use the facility. The new laboratory equipment will allow the dispensary to provide more accurate and timely diagnoses, which will lead to better outcomes for patients.
The Foundation’s funding for the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) will help to empower people with disabilities to start their own businesses. The workshop equipment will give them the tools they need to create and sell goods, which will help them to improve their livelihoods.
These are just a few examples of the many ways that Safaricom is using its Foundations to make a positive impact on the lives of Kenyans. The Foundations are committed to supporting healthcare projects and other projects that improve health, education, and economic opportunity, and they are making a real difference in the lives of people all over Kenya.
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