Kakuma Mission Hospital Kakuma, Kenya
The Kakuma Mission Hospital is owned by Kenya Episcopal Conference-Catholic Secretariat. It is situated in the North-West Kenya’s in the county Turkana, close to the borders to Uganda and South Sudan in the desert. It takes about 30 hrs by bus to the next bigger city. Kakuma is the host community to Kakuma Refugee Camp since 1992. It sits near the border of Sudan and Kenya and is host to thousands of refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries like D.R. Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda. This camp currently serves over 175,000 men, women and children who have fled wars in neighboring countries. It has its own camp hospitals which are 10 min from Kakuma city, but severe cases or emergency surgeries are transferred to the Mission Hospital.
The hospital is a trauma center. It offers antiretroviral therapy, curative in-patient services, family planning, HIV counselling and testing and immunization. There are 2000 patients each year admitted to the hospital and 70 outpatients each day.
The main diseases are Malaria, HIV, Hepatitis, but also spider and scorpion bites, shot or stab wounds.
The hospital carries out some outreach programs on medical basic care (antenatal care, immunization, malnutrition, HIV screening) for the remote communities.