Maybo 'Lights Up' Kenyan Clinic

A health clinic in rural Kenya now has 24 hour power and lighting, thanks to a joint £1,500 donation from Maybo and its former Chief Executive, Richard Smith.

The remote location of the Doctors Worldwide Tembo Medical Centre community clinic made an electricity supply from the national grid impossible, limiting the range of services the clinic could offer. Doctors treating patients after 7pm each day were restricted to doing what they could by torchlight.

The donation funded an industrial-grade solar power system, providing 24 hour power and lighting which enables the clinic to operate more safely and effectively, particularly during darkness. The provision of power also reduces the personal safety risks for the overnight medical team member and night watchman, responsible for the valuable medical supplies kept on site.

The system, purchased in Nairobi, was transferred by taxis over the 14 hour journey to site, where installation has just been successfully completed.

The clinic, which opened in September 2014, received over 400 separate patients in the first month. It is part of a project to provide desperately needed, affordable and reliable healthcare to poor, rural populations and was founded by UK based charity, Doctors Worldwide.

Miss Anna Kolodziej is project manager of the 13 room health centre which serves around 30,000 people – many of whom live on less than $1 a day.

She said, "Thank you so much to Richard and Maybo! Power has really changed our operations here in Muhuru Bay not only at night, but in the daytime as well. Power has meant that our lab can be operational, testing mainly for malaria and typhoid, as well as being able to see patients clearly at night, especially when we have a baby to be delivered, which is most common in the night time hours.

"Tembo Medical Centre was all about being affordable and reliable for the local community. Having power installed has definitely made us more reliable and we thank you sincerely for your help in this."

Richard has been supporting Anna as a volunteer at the Clinic for the past two months and is delighted to see the dramatic improvement the solar panels have made to the medical provision and personal safety of staff on site.

The clinic is still in great need of further financial support to increase the range and quality of the services it can offer. If you would like to make a donation please visit:

You can follow the clinic’s progress on its Facebook page:

Doctors Worldwide is an independent British based charity that serves communities in need through the provision of sustainable medical relief and health based development programmes worldwide.

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Posted by Maybo on December 1, 2014


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