24 March 2022
The Country Director of Born Free Kenya, Mr Tim Oloo and the Meru County Executive Committee Member for Health, Dr Misheck Mutuma, signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Meru County, on 24 March 2022. Joseph Inanga the Chief Officer Public Health, Phoebe Odhiang Born Free’s Education Manager and Charles Njoroge Born Free’s Community Officer, were also in attendance.
The MoU will support the Population Health and Environment (PHE) project collaboration, between Born Free and Meru County - Department of Health Services. PHE is a holistic approach to sustainable development that reflects the connections between people, their health and the environment. PHE recognizes the relationships between people's health and the environment and seeks to improve family planning and reproductive health services as well as conservation and natural resource management through an integrated, community-based, multi-sectoral approach.
A healthy population or community leads to a healthy environment. People are more willing and able to adopt conservation practices if their basic needs, like health care, are met. Born Free recognises that conservation requires community inclusion both directly and indirectly.
The PHE project will:
For the Ministry of Health, this approach increases access to remote, underserved communities where women have expressed a need for family planning and basic health services that governments cannot meet.
By creating a partnership between health services and environmental and conservation organizations, which have on-going projects and established relationships with these communities, integrated programmes can reach these underserved populations in a more effective manner.
The activities will include, among others:
The areas of focus will be:
The Ministry of Health will provide technical expertise and Born Free will provide the financial and logistical support through donors, to reach communities in Meru County. We are looking forward to a great partnership, and enabling a happier, healthier, and informed community.