MEET THE FOUNDERS OF HEMA FOUNDATION, NAIROBI KENYA.
The concept of Hema Foundation started in 2015 but the foundation was officially registered as a not for profit organization in Kenya on March 2018.
Hema was founded by four doctors who were classmates in Medical school at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. They are all currently involved in different spheres of medicine; Dr. Borna Nyaoke-Anoke is a public health specialist who is currently involved in clinical research, Dr. Roselyne Okello is a Radiologist resident at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania, Dr. Nida Okumu is an infectious disease resident and working at one of the largest pediatric hospitals in Kenya and Dr. Achieng Aling is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist.
In the different spheres of their work they were faced with the same recurring health issue, lack of access to equitable, quality healthcare to the most vulnerable of populations. In this, they identified women and children, and within that targeted girls who are 17 years old and younger who mostly under very desolate circumstances, including rape and incest become pregnant and have no access to quality ante-natal and post-natal care or socio-economic support post-delivery.
They have been able to conduct educational talks for young girls focusing on empowerment, reproductive health, and choices they have including rights for their bodies, how to respond to physical and sexual abuse and increasing their awareness and accessibility to careers in STEM. Additionally, they have conducted health screening activities and are planning medical camps in the lower socio-economic urban areas of Nairobi. Long-term they intend to collaborate with partners who have the same objectives as Hema in bridging health gaps, especially in marginalized communities. They also intend to promote maternal and child health through health talks, nutrition camps, water and sanitation programs.
Hema Foundation is convinced all these can be achieved by working with a dedicated team of individuals and partners who are keen to see a positively progressing economy through a healthy nation and tenacious, empowered women thus securing our future for generations to come.
We celebrate the great work you are doing in Nairobi, Kenya.
Well done HEMA Foundation!