MED25 was founded in 2006 and provides rural African communities with quality, culturally appropriate, and affordable health care, focusing on “One Community at a Time.” MED25 strives to improve health by creating community healthcare initiatives in Africa that are sustained through local, income-generating businesses.
Providing Sustainable Healthcare in Rural Kenya
MED25 was founded in 2006 by Rebecca Conte Okelo while receiving her nursing degree at Seattle University. MED25’s current community of focus is Mbita, Kenya. Mbita is home to more than 118,000 residents and has one of the poorest infrastructures in Kenya. Mbita has an HIV infection rate of 27 percent with an average life expectancy of 37 years for men and 42 years for women. Less than 0.5 percent of the population has access to running water and 58 percent do not have access to a pit latrine or plumbing, making diarrheal diseases prevalent. Twenty-five percent of children in Mbita are orphans.
Focusing on the prevention and treatment of major diseases including HIV, TB, malaria, waterborne illnesses, and non-communicable diseases
MED25 began operating a clinic in this community in 2010. In 2012, they expanded to start the One Community Project, which includes a new clinic and social businesses to provide ongoing support to healthcare services and promote local sustainability.
These businesses, including a mortuary and related services, and a clean water program to local residents, are making a significant impact in decreasing the reliance on international foreign aid.
By the end of 2014, MED25 achieved 75 percent local sustainability of the project, on track to achieve 100 percent sustainability by the end of 2015.