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KVDA/MLTV/2020/12 KENIA - - 20/07/2020 31/12/2020

Project Name: Equator Medical Services
Code: KVDA/MLTV/2020/12

• Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA) is an indigenous, non-political
and membership organization which is non-sectarian and non-profit making
started in 1962 as a work camp organization registered under the Societies’ Act. In
1993, KVDA was registered as a Non-Governmental organization by the
establishment of the NGOs Coordination Act.
• KVDA has since inception hosted over 50, 000 international volunteers to its
community service development projects that have left indelible mark to efforts to
enhance sustainable development.
Project background
Equator Medical Services is a medium hospital which started its operations in May
2005. It is a fully-fledged hospital with a capacity of 50 beds and is located along Kisumu
– Busia Road in Luanda Township, Luanda Sub-County, Vihiga County.
Our Services:
Outreach Clinics

The Hospital’s Out Patients Department runs 24 hours and caters for Regular out-
patients’ cases, Emergency cases seen through the casualty, as well as specialized cases

seen through our Consultant Clinics.
The In-patient: the wards are divided into; Male, Female and Paediatric wards with
The Outreach Clinics are usually carried out on monthly bases mostly giving education
services on counseling, screening of cancer, HIV/Aids and diabetic patients.
Pharmacy: We have a fully stocked Pharmacy that is operational 24 hours a day serving
both out/inpatients.
Laboratory: Our laboratory is modern, equipped and operational for 24 hours.

Counseling & VCT: The Counseling Department serves our in-house patients as well as
their relatives and our own Staff members ensuring health of all concerned with our
patient’s management is addressed and hence providing a holistic approach for the
purposes of managing the Outpatient/Inpatients Departments at Equator Hospital.
Our Mission: To provide quality patient care with unrelenting attention to clinical
excellence, patient safety and standard health care to those we serve.
Our Vision: To be one of the best health facilities in the region and consistently strives
to provide quality clinical and excellence curative services.
Our Values
Dignity: We value the dignity of human life, which is sacred and deserving of respect and
fairness throughout its stages of existence.
Compassionate Care: We value compassionate care, treating those we serve and one
another with professionalism concern and kindness exceeding expectations.
Community: We value meeting the vital responsibilities in the community we serve and
take a leadership role in enhancing the quality of life and health, striving to reduce the
incidence of illness through clinical services, education and prevention.
Quality: We value quality and strive for excellence in all we do working together
collaboratively as the power of combined efforts excess what each of us can accomplish
Stewardship: We value trust worthy stewardship and adherence to the highest ethical
standards that justify public trust and protect what is of value to the system, its human
Resources, Material and Financial Assets.
• According to the National Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) 2001 report,
65% of the people of Kenya live below the poverty line. The approximate statistics
for poverty levels are as follows: 53% rural poor, 52% are overall national food
poor, who are unable to afford a daily 2250 calories, 51% are rural food poor while
38% are urban food poor.
• In Emuhaya District, over 65% live below poverty line and are food poor. The
problem of poverty is further compounded by rampant HIV/AIDS, poor health
facilities and infrastructure, declining education and literacy levels, breakdown in
social and cultural structures, insecurity, declining land productivity, poor
administrative management among others.

• Malaria, acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, skin diseases, intestinal
worms, ear and eye infections and AIDS are the common diseases found among
the people of Emuhaya District. In addition, cases of malnutrition have also been
reported. Mechanisms of coping up with the management and control of the
diseases and other health related problems are lacking. A well-organized health
system, will, therefore, need to be in place for the needs of the people
• The HIV/AIDS scourge has affected the people of this new district just like it has
for the rest of Kenya. Currently available figures indicate that 5.1% of the
population of Emuhaya district is infected with HIV. This translates to 10, 074 as
the number of people living with AIDS (PLWAS).
• Based on these figures, a number of service delivery points have been established
in various health facilities in the district.
• It is worth noting that by June 2008, the total number of people on antiretroviral
therapy (ART) stood as 2, 446 (24.3 % of those eligible). There is therefore a need
to scale up ART activities to cover large numbers as is elsewhere in Kenya.
Project activities
The facility offers health services to the local community members that include the
• Laboratory work
• Observation of patients
• Injection/filter
• Pharmacy work
• Registration
• Reproductive health
• Child Delivery
• Awareness creation on health issues.
Volunteer tasks
• The volunteers will be assigned duties in the health facility by professional staff
accredited by the Ministry of Health.
• KVDA requests for medical professional to join this project and will appreciate to
receive your CV.
• Submit Project Report to KVDA
• Volunteers are accepted to join this project at any time of the year and should
arrive in Kenya on 20th day of the month. The duration of placement is flexible
depending on the availability of the volunteer
• 2-day orientation seminar will be done on the 21st and 22nd of every month
Financial contribution
• The project participation fee is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on arrival
to the cover costs stipulated for the entire duration of the project.
• Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes.

• Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the
one month placement.
What is included in the participation fee?
• Return transfers from the airport
• Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project)
• Orientation, evaluation and monitoring
• Volunteer mentorship
What is not included in the participation fee?
• Travel to and from the project. The volunteer will be required to pay for the bus
• Refreshments outside the project
• Air ticket
• Excursion
• Visa and Insurance
• Local travel and personal effects
• Home stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other
amenities and meals with the host family.
• It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects.
• KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the
project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.
• Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the port of arrival and KVDA
will designate a driver for the airport pick up.
• We strongly advice volunteers against getting taxis on their own without
reference to KVDA due to the obvious risks and in case of any challenges on
arrival kindly contact KVDA via mobile telephone 0721650357
• Volunteers will be driven to the YMCA South hostels located 15 Kilometers away
from the airport where they will be accommodated ahead of their placement to
the project.
• The residence is situated in the serene environment with amble space for
recreation and spectacular setting as the inauguration of volunteering to make a
difference in the world.
Leisure time
• Kenya is replete with a lot of interesting and natural spectacular sites of interest
that would capture the imagination of volunteers.

• From the tour to the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve to visits to local
community beholding sights, the volunteers have the previledge to make choices
that would fundamentally make the difference.
• The project also offers a perfect opportunity for people who enjoy being close to
nature and are interested in the spectacular setting that traditional way of living
in the heartland of the African culture would enrich your cultural heritage
Laundry and water:
• Water is available at the hosting house from springs and it is important to
preserve water at all times due to its scarcity and cooperation with the hosts will
be highly appreciated
• There are no washing machines in the institution and the volunteer will be guided
on how to wash clothes
• Volunteers are expected to have their own medical insurance and other personal
expenses and it is important to carry your own medical and travel insurances.
• Mentor for the volunteer from the hosting organisation: KVDA
will designate its staff to play the role of mentoring and this is the vital link
between the volunteer and the organization. The Mentor has the responsibility to
enable the volunteer to efficiently execute their tasks with diligence.
• Function of mentor: advise, educate, be a role model to the volunteers;
providing problem solving, collaborative support, positive and non-evaluative
feedback and emotional support for volunteers; to provide comfort, exposure,
visibility and challenging assignments which directly support the volunteer’s
personal and professional development; to provide counselling and friendship to
support the volunteer’s self-image and competence and thus to listen, guide,
advice, teach and offer professional support to the volunteers
• The mentor will be available for the volunteer as a constant supporting person.
However, he/she should not be directly involved in the daily work of the
• Mentor’s Experience with international volunteers: More than 3
years’ experience with international volunteers
Project participants: Maximum 5 volunteers from different nationalities
recruited through KVDA partner organizations
What to carry: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag
and mat, toiletries, torch, flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your
country, among others
DONATION AND GIFTS: These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the
solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in
case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a
donation or long-term intervention on the project.

APPLICATIONS: Should be done at least one month in advance through KVDA partner
organization in respective countries. KVDA does not accept direct applications by