HEALTH & MEDICINE
Through the grace of Allah, YMA has many former students who have gone on to become doctors. Some of these doctors also work for the UN relief agencies in Dadaab (IOM). Through their advices we can learn of the needs of the area where the most refugees are gathered; and of the surrounding areas not covered immediately by the UN mandate.
This means in the North-Eastern most areas of Kenya where drought and ﬂash ﬂoods are common, at mes when the crisis is still developing, the refugee camps are protected but the areas around the camps will only be assisted after a mandate is received. This takes time.
YMA are able to provide health products that would reduce the outbreak of illness in this me. Clean and dry straw mats, clean blankets, mosquito nets, and water jerrycans are distributed as required in the affected areas.
These distribution projects come in at very short notice and as such, YMA mainly does their fund raising locally or through reserve funds.
Should donors wish to provide YMA with funding for this type of project, a dedicated reserve fund can be established for emergency medical response
The last distribution had $100,000 allocated to clean straw mats and jerrycans, which beneﬁted 20,000 families.
In rural areas of Kenya, to get medical assistance is diﬃcult, not only in terms of professional diagnosis, but also due to inﬂated medical costs because of no
free health service.
YMA has a clinic and medical dispensary in Garissa, adjacent to the orphanage and schools. These services are served full me each day by a medical doctor and a pharmacist, and operates as a free clinic to not only the orphanage and schools, but also to the poorest in the community.
It also serves clientele who are able to pay for the medical services, but this is not of signiﬁcant enough occurrence to come close to meeting costs.
The dispensary is run by YMA under the approval and authority of the Provincial Medical Oﬃcer of Garissa County.
The income of the clinic equate to less than $2,000 a year. However, the running costs (wages, apparatus, medicine and medical supplies) come to $24,000 per
Donations for medical dispensaries can go towards either the running of the current dispensary or for the establishment of a new one in an area of the donor’s choosing, to whom YMA would provide detailed advice.
The cost of running the clinic, varies per month due to diﬀerent needs of the locals. However, typically the cost is $2,000 per month for both medicine and wages of trained medical staﬀ.