Founded in May 2011, MMK is a registered nonprofit organization and has been granted 501c(3) status and is recognized as a public charity by the IRS. MMK mobilizes medical volunteers to lend their services during two-week medical missions to Kenya. Volunteer doctors, pharmacists and nurses from around the United States and globally provides basic health care services, such as diagnosis and treatment; establish partnerships with local health care providers, conduct community wellness training; and encourage healthy lifestyles and preventive health care.
Millicent Mucheru, a native Kenyan and Registered Nurse, founded MMK after seeing firsthand how the lack of access to basic health care services impacted her family and village during a visit home to Nairobi seven years ago. “I realized then how little I knew about health and healthcare systems. It was then that I decided to go to nursing school. I knew I wanted to make a difference.”
Having grown up in Kenya gives Mucheru the advantage of staying in touch with current realities. “Our families still live there. We are very aware of the communities’ needs and we hear their cries for help. We cannot ignore their cries; we can not turn the other way. We strongly believe that everyone deserves justice and equality. Every child deserves a meal.”
- To provide hunger relief in slums located outside of Nairobi city and other communities in dire need for food.
- To provide educational supplies like books and pencils to schools
- To provide mosquito nets in malaria prone areas to contribute to the eradication of the disease.
- To make health care services accessible in communities where health care delivery is non-existent.
- To promote health education and disease prevention information
- To conduct medical health screenings for hypertension and diabetes in rural communities
- To provide rapid HIV testing in rural areas and referrals for initiation of antiretroviral therapy
- To train youth to avoid risky behavior/AIDS awareness
- To create awareness of peoples’ rights to their health information and medical decisions
- To educate local community health workers and local doctors for a long term efficient and effective healthcare delivery system
- To explore the obstacles of cultural structural barriers that prevent Kenyan rural communities
Medical Missions Kenya has formed deep roots that spread to the most remote villages in the country, where access to information, healthcare and at times even food is severely limited. Due to partnerships with local organizations, we are able to reach out to extremely rural communities. We encounter infants with advanced manifestations of infectious disease that are ultimately treated successfully with antibiotics, significantly reducing infant mortality. We provide free health services and wellness exams to communities with no other access to healthcare.
Medical Missions Kenya - What We Do
Every year, Medical Missions Kenya mobilizes medical volunteers to lend their services during two-week medical missions to Kenya. Doctors and nurses, from various parts of the United States and globally, volunteer their time and knowledge and provides basic health care services, such as diagnosis and treatment, establish partnerships with local health care providers, conduct community wellness training, and encourage healthy lifestyles and preventive health care.