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February 07, 2018
Safari Doctors was registered as a community-based organization in Lamu, Kenya in
2015. The dedicated team of 9 staff and medical volunteers work tirelessly to provide healthcare services where otherwise there would be none. The indigenous Aweer and Bajuni communities number around 20,000 people and live within the archipelago and on the mainland near the border with Somalia. They suffer from neglect and insecurity. The presence of Al-Shabaab militants in the surrounding area and
an ongoing military operation have impeded their access to healthcare. Safari Doctors’ vision is to have thriving communities in remote settings, with adequate access to affordable health solutions and improved livelihoods.
• We reach up to 800 patients every month across 8 villages.
• Child immunizations are up 40%, skin conditions are down 30%,
communicable diseases have halved, double the number of expectant mothers are
visiting clinics for antenatal appointments, demand for contraception has tripled and
the number of girls undergoing FGM has reduced by around 10%.
The Safari Doctors team is the recipient of the UN in Kenya's United Nations Person of the Year 2017 award.
Umra Omar was born on Pate Island in the Lamu archipelago, and raised in Kenya. She went on to earn degrees from two prestigious American universities. After completing graduate school and working in Washington, D.C., Umra decided cubicle life was not for her. She returned to Lamu to explore her purpose and learned about a life-saving medical aid project that had been abandoned because of security concerns. In 2015, she launched Safari Doctors. Umra was selected a CNN Hero in 2016 for her work. She won an Africa Leaders 4 Change award, was featured in Business Daily’s Top40Under40 Women, and was nominated for the most influential person of African descent by MIPAD, in 2017.