The Foundation in collaboration with MOH Bomet County and Motigo Tea Factory hosted a free 3-day medical camp at Merigi Health Centre in Bomet County on 25th – 27th November 2020. The camp saw over 1,600 community members attending to receive free cancer screening for Breast, Cervical and Prostate cancers, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure screening, treatment for illnesses and medication.
The farmers also received treatment for arthritis from JointFix® and eye screening from the eye component from Longisa Sub-County Hospital. The residents were grateful and thanked the Foundation for bringing the camp to them. The medical camp has been sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate who is a tea buyer from the UK.
Mr Zakayo Korgoren, 52, a resident and beneficiary indicated that, “The camp was very good and the service was fast. I was happy with the service I was given by the doctors and the medicines. This camp has helped us a lot.”
The Foundation Manager Mr Sudi Matara stated, “The aim of the Foundation is to enhance the lives and livelihoods of farmers. The Medical Camps are aimed at providing access to basic medical interventions to the tea farming community and promote health-seeking behaviour. We plan to host 10 more medical camps across the KTDA Tea growing zones.”
In addition to medical camps, the Foundation has carried out project dubbed “TEAFAM” which stands for “Tea Farming Families” and is a social behaviour change communication project targeting smallholder tea farming families under KTDA managed factories. The said project aimed to improve dietary health living among smallholder tea farmers in Kenya.