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KENYA 2020

 

MedWish International and Peter’s Wildlife Safaris are excited to announce the upcoming 2020 Medical Brigade to Kenya, combining medical service and a wildlife safari in one. Read below to learn more. We hope you will join us!

Participating in a MedWish Medical Brigade is a wonderful way to give your time, talents, and compassion to those in need. The Brigade this June is a unique multifaceted trip that includes the humanitarian mission of a medical service brigade, in addition to a traditional African safari and opportunities to learn about wildlife and community conservation. There is no doubt that this Brigade will be a memorable experience.

Medical professionals and lay volunteers are welcome on this Brigade. Both will have the opportunity to serve the Talek community through the clinic days.

 

If you would like to join us, please review this information carefully.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRIP PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Registration closes on Sunday, March 1st. Registration is first come first serve and will close once the trip reaches capacity.

If you have any questions, contact Britta Latz at blatz@medwish.org or call 216.692.1685 x33.


ABOUT KENYA

Kenya is an Eastern African nation bordered by the Indian Ocean, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Tanzania. It is five times the size of Ohio and its climate varies from tropical along the coast to arid in the interior. It is home to over 48 million people, 36.1% of whom live below the poverty line. There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS (est. 1.5 million people) and only .2 physicians per 1,000 people in the nation. The unemployment rate is 40%, with the majority of the working population, 61.1%, working in agriculture, 6.7% in industry, and 32.2% in the service industry.

To learn more about Kenya, please CLICK HERE or visit the CIA World Factbook.

ABOUT MAASAI MARA

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a vast preserved savannah wilderness along the Tanzanian border in Kenya. It possesses a grassy landscape and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. Animals that can be found in this reserve include cheetahs, lions, elephants, zebras, and hippos. Wildebeest can also be found here during their annual migration. Villages of the local Maasai people can also be found in the surrounding area.

ABOUT TALEK & THE TALEK CLINIC

The Talek Community Health Center is located near one of the entrances to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.  It provides services for roughly 12,000 patients per year, some coming from neighboring Tanzania. The clinic’s structure is well set with a four-bed in-patient ward, four-bed maternity ward, a consultation room for out-patients, a consultation room for those with infectious diseases, lab, and a pharmacy.

ABOUT MEDWISH

MedWish International is a nonprofit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment, while providing humanitarian aid to individuals and organizations that administer care in developing countries.

MedWish diverts roughly 450,000-500,000 pounds of medical surplus from our local landfills every year. This is done with the support of local hospitals and healthcare providers, who generously donate medical supplies and equipment to MedWish.

Roughly 3,500 volunteers support MedWish annually and help sort through these donated supplies. MedWish is also training site for individuals with special needs that participate in MedWish’s Skill Building Program.

MedWish’s founder was inspired to found MedWish after serving as an intern in a surgical clinic in Nigeria. International Medical Brigades have therefore been part of MedWish since its inception.  Past Brigades have been to Honduras, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

ABOUT PETER BALUNEK & PETER’S WILDLIFE SAFARIS

Peter Balunek is an avid conservationist and professional wildlife photographer. His passion led him to establish Peter’s Wildlife Safaris, built upon his mission to create awareness about the threats facing the world’s wildlife from the illegal wildlife trade and poaching, loss of habitat and human/animal conflict. As a Wildlife Ambassador, he leads small group, private and conservation safaris to Africa and other parts of the world so others can witness and experience these animals in their natural habitat.

In 2015, he established the Satao Wildlife Foundation, a 501©3 public charity, whose mission is to “Improve the lives of wildlife” by improving the lives of people.  The foundation focuses on community conservation projects in Africa which improve and mitigate the human animal conflict in the areas around the wildlife’s traditional range.

In February 2018, MedWish partnered with Peter for the first MedWish Medical Brigade to Kenya. On this brigade, participants provided care for over 450 patients!

TENTATIVE BRIGADE SCHEDULE   

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 16th: Depart USA

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 17th:  Arrive Nairobi

Day 3 – Thursday, June 18th:  Site seeing in Nairobi

Day 4 – Friday, June 19th:  Depart Nairobi for Maasai Mara. Visit the clinic upon arrival and organize supplies.

Day 5 – Saturday, June 20th:  Clinic Day #1

Day 6 – Sunday, June 21stClinic Day #2

Day 7 – Monday, June 22nd:  Clinic Day #3

Day 8 – Tuesday, June 23rd:  Clinic Day #4

Day 9 – Wednesday, June 24th:  Safari Day #1

Day 10 – Thursday, June 25th:  Safari Day #2

Day 11 – Friday, June 26th:  Morning Safari, afternoon return to Nairobi, and evening departure for USA

Day 12 –Saturday, June 27th: Arrive in USA

 


TRIP INFORMATION

ELIGIBILITY

Brigade volunteers must be 12 years old or older at the time of the Brigade. Any participant that is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian. Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are welcome. While we welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, we do reserve a number of places for professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry and eye care.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our first two nights in Kenya will be spent at a five-star hotel in Nairobi. It is known for its exceptional service and was recently recognized as ‘Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards.

Our base in the Maasai Mara National Reserve will be at two Safari Camps.  The camps have 10, double occupancy luxury tents, each with a private bathroom. Brigade participants will be housed two per tent. We will accommodate as many rooming requests as possible. While on the Brigade, we will have exclusive use of the camp as well as the vehicles and guides. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the camp daily.

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

Participants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from Nairobi. Arrival and departure time/date requirements will be provided to participants. The cost of all travel after arrival in Nairobi is included in the trip cost.

IMMUNIZATIONS & TRAVELERS HEALTH

You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when travelling to Kenya. To learn more, please visit the CDC’s website. For health-related concerns, please speak with your primary care physician or a local travel clinic. Click here for more details. Traveler health insurance will not be purchased for Brigade participants and is the responsibility of each participant to secure if desired.

PASSPORT & VISA

A valid passport is required for entrance into Kenya. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after our date of return. Visas are also required and will be obtained upon arrival in Nairobi.

SAFETY

There is a travel advisory in effect from the US State Department for travel to and from Kenya. Please visit their website for further information, or click here for more details.

COST

This MedWish Medical Brigade is $7,500 per person. (Airfare not included) A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 is due by Sunday, March 1, 2020 to reserve your place. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. A percentage of spots will be held for medical staff, so secure your spot TODAY!

The remaining $5,500 of the total trip cost will be due by April 1, 2020. Should participants wish to pay in increments leading up until April 1st, they may do so.

Your Trip Contribution Includes:

It Does NOT Include:

 

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRIP PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM. 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

 

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience! Registration closes March 1, 2020.

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