Local Accessibility to Quality Health Care
Local accessibility to quality health care is often a luxury taken for granted by most people in the United States. In many of our programs, Passion Partners provides health care, through our partners, to people who would otherwise be unable to afford medical treatments.
Ashburn Ohuru Medical Clinic
One of the first initiatives of Passion Partners was the Ashburn Ohuru Medical Clinic located in Siaya, Kenya, which is in the western, rural part of the country. After losing one of her sons to malaria, Grandmother Joan (JoAnne) Okumu began looking for a way to keep others in her community from dying of preventable diseases. To demonstrate her commitment to eradicating these diseases, Grandmother Joan was willing to donate a portion of her land to build a clinic. However, she realized that she needed assistance with the construction, staffing, and other financial resources for the clinic itself. With the help of her grandson, she began to seek potential partners. Upon learning about Grandmother Joan’s story and her vision, Passion Partners’ Founder and Executive Director, Candice Ashburn, decided to get involved in what God was already doing in Siaya, Kenya. Under Candice’s leadership, Passion Partners came alongside and provided the seed money for this clinic in order to ensure the highest level of care to the Siaya community and surrounding areas. Passion Partners’ funding contribution included:
- Construction of the clinic
- Purchase of medical and testing equipment
- Salary support for approximately 2 1/2 years for the original Kenyan medical professionals of the clinic
- Additional construction of washrooms to allow the facility to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The clinic, which opened in August of 2012, is one of the few sanitary clinics in the region that provides a host of primary care services including:
- A functioning laboratory
- HIV/AIDS services such as testing, treatment, and counseling
- Malaria treatment and prevention
- Maternal and Child Health Services including Pre- and Post-Natal Care, and deliveries
- Counseling and community follow-up
We are grateful that God has allowed us to play a role in bringing Christ-centered healthcare to rural Kenya.
Passion Partners meets the monthly basic health care needs of the 42 girls who live at the Restoration Home. However, additional health care is needed from time to time beyond our current financial capabilities.
Below is a video from our recent campaign to raise money for the medical needs of the girls. If you would like to give specifically to this need, please visit our Donate Page.