To see hopeful families living with dignity in a positive environment free of HIV and AIDS

​​​​Positive Life Kenya

Development of the Positive Life Kenya Health and Wellness Center 


In line with the WHO Millennium Development Goals to promote Gender Equality, Empower Women, Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases, Positive Life Kenya intends to open a Health and Preventative Care Center for the communities that they serve.  PLK has clearly identified an unrelenting cycle of lack health literacy leading to reduced prevention leading to advanced pathology in the setting of poor access to healthcare.  While we have made strides in addressing the gaps in education and prevention, we recognize opportunities for growth and expansion of current efforts and a dire need for access to health care.

The establishment of the Positive Life Kenya Health and Wellness Center will occur in phases, each one addresses a component of the three-fold problem outlined below:

  1. Lack of Education and Health Literacy:  Health, as defined by the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (Chandra-Mouli, et. al). This implies a foundational level of understanding and health literacy which is currently nonexistent for most of the Mlolongo community and surrounding areas.
  2. Lack of Preventative Care: Mlolongo and its large contingency of commercial sex workers have limited access to HIV and other STD screening, contraception, and prenatal care.  Coupled with the education gaps, community members do not even understand the concept of preventative medicine.  During focus group sessions, community members stated that they would not go to the doctor until they were already very sick.  By that point, there was little the doctors could do to help.  
  3. Lack of Access to Hospitals: Access to hospitals and medical professionals is contingent upon financial security and proximity to a government hospital where most of the care is free.  The majority of Mlolongo residents and clients served by PLK will prioritize daily necessities over seeking medical care, which allows minor medical problems to escalate into serious illnesses or death.  Most people do not have steady incomes and, as one woman explained during a focus group, if a person is sick and cannot go to work to earn money, then they definitely cannot afford the hospital.  Moreover, many focus group participants told stories of family and community members who had died at home, unable to afford transportation to the hospital.


Additionally, Medical Interns can continue to build on an already existent Health Education Curriculum that includes menstrual cycle, family planning, STIs, vaginal complaints, and prenatal care.  They can expand this curriculum to include lesson plans targeted towards parents regarding hygiene, nutrition and common pediatric complaints. They can also develop a health education curriculum to be incorporated at Kiotani and Tumaini schools.  This would include age-appropriate, medically accurate information on a broad set of topics related to sexuality including human development, hygiene, relationships, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention.

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Preliminary Phase of Positive Life Kenya Health and Wellness Center: 

Temporary Clinic with Nurse and Medical Intern

As the initial planning occurs for the PLK Health and Wellness Center, Kicheko residents and members of PLK urgently need accessible medical care and health education.  To address this gap, BASIC-Wellness Kenya, an organization started by a former PLK volunteer, will begin fundraising for an additional office space in the same building as the current PLK office that will house a temporary clinic.  The fundraiser will support the hiring of a nurse to come 3 times a week to provide basic medical services.  In addition, to nursing, medical students are highly capable of providing basic care until the clinic can officially be established.  With the use of telehealth communication with volunteer physicians in the US, medical students can provide basic first aid and serve as a triage point for the community.  A medical intern position has been endorsed by the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at the Thomas Jefferson University Office of International Affairs and is currently advertised on their website.  More medical schools are currently being recruited. 

For more information about this project, contact: 

Dr. Megan Lundy,  Project Director

Phone: +1 (267) 968 -0507 (United States) -  Email: mlundy90@gmail.com