Ntalabany is one of the most remote villages in the Group Ranch. Healthcare suffers here as a result of its isolation from other medical resources and communities. Ntalabany hosts a cultural center for the preservation of Maasai traditions and is close to the Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge a world class tourist destination. Villagers here live in a large outlying area and access to medical care is sub-optimal. Here, woman have no access to a skilled nurse midwife.
The Ntalabany Clinic is KHCI’s newest health related project located in a hardship area in an extremely remote location. The group ranch administrators in conjunction with the Government of Kenya targeted this area for a clinic and community development because of it remoteness, food insecurity, level of poverty and illiteracy. The nearest dispensary is a six hour walk over difficult terrain through dangerous elephant country and about a three hour drive to the
nearest hospital. There is no readily available transportation. The clinic will serve more than 1500 people in the immediate village area and will attract others from more remote areas because it is the only place available for hundreds of square miles. They will no longer be dependent on an unaffordable and sporadic fee-for-service private medical van for healthcare treatments. At the new clinic, vaccines will be available and sick villagers will receive timely care. KHCI is working to finish critical infrastructure projects including an electric elephant fence to secure the Clinic grounds, a central water station with sand water filters to serve the clinic and community, and a drip irrigation green house.
Men and women of the community played an active role in the construction of the clinic providing labor to dig the footings, carrying the carved blocks to the site and water from the river to mix the cement. The clinic is now certified by the Kenyan Government and will open once reliable water is established. KHCI and Group Ranch officials are working with the Regional Water Authority to provide the clinic and community with piped water. The clinic site has already become a gathering place for health education programs and discussions.
In Ntalabany, water is currently drawn from a reliable but shallow river for community use. KHCI is working to obtain a water system to a central community water site adjacent to the health clinic. Plans are underway to provide a water filtration system for the clinic and the community.
See the gallery below for photos of Ntalabany, clinic construction, planning meetings and educational healthcare workshops at the clinic.