DMI Medical Camps
The Kenya Diabetes Management & Information Centre (DMI Centre) is a not-for-profit registered medical charity founded in May 1999, with the aim to educate the public about the alarming increase in diabetes in Kenya and across the world. The Centre has been involved in creating diabetes awareness all over the country in the last 10 years through free community medical camps, training of health care professionals, lay educators and training of children with diabetes. DMI Centre has also been creating awareness and screening in various religious organizations, schools, corporate bodies and at social functions. While conducting awareness activities on diabetes, non-communicable diseases that share risk factors with diabetes were also identified. Complications arising from poor management of diabetes led to the need for comprehensive medical camps.
The Safaricom Foundation and DMI have been implementing mobile medical camps since 2006. The Foundation made a grant to DMI to enable them conduct a series of mobile medical camps countrywide. Recently piloted were Mathare medical camp, Buuri medical camp, Githunguri medical camp and Kisumu Medical Camp.
During these camps, services offered were blood screening for Diabetes and Hypertension, a dental team from Nairobi and the local teams covered all dental related complications while volunteers from Kikuyu Eye Unit and the local hospitals did Eye check-ups and cataract surgeries were conducted in all the camps. Family Planning services were offered through teams from local hospitals, VCT Service providers were also present in the camps. All in all general check-ups were carried out by DMI among other health service providers. With the support of Safaricom Foundation all these services were provided for free where the camps attracted between 1000 and 3000 persons per camp all with different ailments and diseases. In Buuri medical camp, about 22 serious cases identified of patients with cataracts and were referred to Buuri Sub district hospital for further checkup. Safaricom Foundation follows up with referral cases from the camps. So far the Foundation has donated over kshs 45,000,000 on the camps currently on the fourth phase.