Virginia Wright Health Clinic

Basic Healthcare For
Students & Community

As Friends of St. Anne’s continued to help complete buildings and provide scholarships for St. Anne’s Girls’ School, they recognized the need for a basic healthcare facility for the students and the surrounding community. The nearest clinic to Kapkemich was miles away in a neighboring town, leaving the community significantly under-served when it came to health care and health education. And so began the Virginia Wright Health Clinic, which entered the planning phase in 2015 and was officially opened to the community of Kapkemich in 2017. Now the community has access to reliable healthcare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – providing the community with care whenever they need.

The Virginia Wright Health Clinic was originally designed to be a primary care clinic where patients could come to be treated for general ailments, chronic illnesses (such as diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid disorders) as well as infectious diseases like malaria, brucellosis, and tuberculosis. The clinic also provides immunizations and treatments for lacerations, infections, and parasites.

Expanding Services

Currently, the clinic has expanded their services to also include OB/GYN care, such as a labor delivery unit, antenatal and postnatal care, and family planning services. The clinic now does HIV/AIDS testing and provides the community a wide range of health education – which has been instrumental in lowering the number of preventable illnesses that occur simply from lack of information or education. Additionally, in 2019, the clinic was able to purchase a reliable transport vehicle for transporting patients who need more advanced care.

Virginia Wright Health Clinic Stats for January-March 2022:

Malaria prevalence among children under the age of 5

Immunization coverage

Neonatal mortality rate

Perinatal mortality rate

New Areas Of Need

The clinic works continuously to recognize new areas of need that arise in the community. The first of which is the need to provide more medical care to an ever-growing patient base. Construction has begun on the first floor of a two-story building that will contain more men’s and women’s in-patient rooms, along with a larger maternity ward. Plans have also started to assemble for the construction of an eye clinic, a dental clinic, an imaging center, a counseling center, with the goal of satellite locations in the future.

The Virginia Wright Health Clinic is an important component to the work Envision Kenya is doing in Kapkemich. The ultimate goal is to give the community the resources and support that will allow them to grow and improve their own lives sustainably.

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Three Core Pillars

The Envision Kenya model is made up of three core pillars: education, health and wellness, and entrepreneurship. We believe these pillars working in unison can provide the essential tools and infrastructure needed to improve lives and ultimately deliver sustainability for generations to come.

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