World Youth International Global Project

The Odede Health Centre is a community-driven initiative that brings crucial healthcare services to thousands of people living in extreme poverty every year in western Kenya. It provides maternal and infant health care, HIV testing and support, and many other services. Hundreds of women give birth safely at the Health Centre each year, and community outreach programs provide education and basic medical services for schools and villages around Odede.

The Odede Community Health Centre is WYI’s major project over the past 5 years. In that time, we have worked closely with the community to build a locally managed team and governing board, and built the capacity of the medical staff through our Nurses in Action volunteer program. We have expanded the services available to those who cannot afford quality healthcare, and have secured partnership with Kenya’s National Health Insurance Fund, which allows people on low incomes to access micro health insurance through the Health Centre.

The biggest achievement for the Odede Health Centre has been building the self-sustainability of the facility. As of 2015, only two years after opening, the facility now generates enough income to cover its basic operational costs - a very rare achievement for a health facility, particularly one that cares for people living in extreme poverty!

Since opening its doors in March 2013, the Odede Health Centre has:

  • Provided more than 35,000 people living in extreme poverty with healthcare;
  • Hosted more than 250 Australian medical volunteers;
  • Delivered more than 800 babies safely;
  • Vaccinated more than 2,000 children;
  • Provided more than 5,000 women with antenatal care;
  • Employed 35 local staff and volunteers;
  • Become an accredited provider of micro health insurance, which allows people living in poverty to access basic health insurance and care;
  • Been awarded 1st Place for the standard of healthcare provided for deliveries (childbirth) by the Ministry of Health in Kenya.
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