TropicalClinics Achievements and Opportunities
TropicalClinics Progress Report: Achievements, Challenges, Future Plans
In our previous posts, we set out to illustrate the severity of the situation in the Kakamega region of Kenya. Over the past 6 years, TropicalClinics has taken this situation head on. Although the goal of instituting affordable, high-quality healthcare in the Kakamega region often seems like an uphill struggle, TropicalClinics has made consistent headway for the better part of a decade. We push ourselves with goals that seem impossible but are realized through our strong, sustained effort and the support of a wide range of donors. Throughout such a process it is crucial to take stock of what has been achieved, while focusing forward on what still needs to be done.
In 2005, we began conducting free medical clinics at our treatment site in Kenya. Over the next 4½ years, TropicalClinics treated over 4,800 people. Our patients’ stories reinforce how vital TropicalClinics is to the Kakamega region. It was obvious that there was a widespread demand for quality health care that was not being met. Many patients had never been to a doctor, and many of the female patients never received any type prenatal care. Even worse, many of these patients walked 10-20 miles to our site, their closest health care resource. The annual care we provided to this region of 175,000 people was free. Still, we managed to raise $8,000 to pay for medical supplies and to pay for the health care staff that supported us at each free clinic.
The end of 2009 marked the transition into Phase II of the TropicalClinics program. This milestone was marked by the commission of 7,000 square feet of space at Kakamega. In 2010, $30,000 later, this space was renovated from a barren five-room clinic to a pharmacy and treatment center, equipped with the modern technology and resources that are required for high quality health care.
In 2011, TropicalClinics collaborated with Project CURE and Doc to Dock to get $680,000 worth of medical equipment and medicines shipped to our treatment center. Moreover, a small grant from Johnson & Johnson, a major contribution from one of our supporters, along with many small donations combined for the $28,000 that allowed us to deliver the supplies and maintain our high level of care.
While we are very proud of these successes, we at TropicalClinics are not resting on our laurels. Our next set of goals include making our facility a 24-hour clinic that is sufficiently staffed and equipped to provide the same high level of care around the clock. Within this goal lie the smaller needs of increased staff, equipment, and supplies, similar to the shipment we were able to send earlier this year. We have interviewed and hired 15 health care providers consisting of physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, medical record transcriber, and administrative assistants who are ready to start work full time at the treatment center. Our efforts will remain steadfast and strong. We would like to thank the following contributors for all that they have allowed us to do by way of their generosity and belief in what our mission.
Johnson & Johnson
Doc to Dock
The Giving Back Foundation
Arise & Walk Ministries Foundation
Raritan Valley Chapter of the Links, Inc
Rotary Club of LaGrangeville, NY
B Smith Enterprises
Princeton Alliance Church
Freedom Plains Church, LaGrangeville, NY
Grace Evangelical Church, Stamford, CT
McLean Master Works
Over 100 individual patrons
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Nevin Vangala, TropicalClinics