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, complete your registration form, and submit it along with your deposit to reserve your place. 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 email@example.com or call 216.692.1685 x33.
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 47.5 million people, 43.4% of whom live below the poverty line. There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS (est. 1.6 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, 49.3%, in the service industry, 18% in industry, and 32.7% in agriculture.
ABOUT Masai 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. Medical supplies from MedWish were recently brought to the Talek Clinic by participants of Peter’s Wildlife Safaris.
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 500,000 pounds of medical surplus from our local landfills every year. This is done with the support of approximately 116 local hospitals and healthcare providers, who generously donate medical supplies and equipment to MedWish.
Nearly 3,000 volunteers support MedWish annually and help sort through these donated supplies. MedWish is also a 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 El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
Day 1: Tuesday, June 16: Depart Cleveland Day 2: Wednesday, June 17: Arrive Nairobi Day 3: Thursday, June 18: Nairobi Sightseeing and organize supplies. Day 4: Friday, June 19: Depart Nairobi and arrive in Masai Mara at roughly noon. Brigade organizational lunch followed by midday orientation at the Talek Community Health Center. Day 5: Saturday, June 20: All day clinic #1 at the Talek Health Center. Day 6: Sunday, June 21: All day clinic #2 at the Talek Health Center. Day 7: Monday, June 22: All day clinic #3 at the Talek Health Center.
Day 8: Tuesday, June 23: All day clinic #4 at the Talek Health Center. Day 9: Wednesday, June 24: Safari day #1, Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 10: Thursday, June 25: Safari day #2, Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 11: Friday, June 26: Morning game drive. Return to Nairobi. Dayrooms at Hotel Serena and evening flight home. Day 12: Saturday, June 27: Arrive in Cleveland
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. 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.
Our first two nights in Kenya will be spent at Hotel Serena in Nairobi. This is a five-star hotel known for its exceptional service and was selected as ‘Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2016.
Our base in the Maasai Mara National Reserve for the clinic days is Ilkeliani Camp located on the bank of the Talek River in the Masai Mara Reserve. The camp is also just 15 minutes from the Talek Health Center.
For our safari experience, we will transfer to Entim Camp located in the heart of the Masai Mara located along the Mara River. 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 vehicles and guides. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the camp daily.
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.
Passport and 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.
Immunizations & Travelers Health
You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling to Kenya. Additionally, the CDC has issued a travel alert regarding the Zika virus for 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.
There is a travel warning 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.
The cost of the trip includes:
All meals while in Kenya
2 Nights in Nairobi
Day rooms at the Nairobi hotel on the last day before departure
Entrance fees to the Giraffe Center & Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
All ground transportation in private vehicles
Ground transport of supplies to the Maasai Mara
All accommodations in the Maasai Mara
Roundtrip airfare to the Maasai Mara
Park entrance fees
Maasai village visit
Tips for camp staff and guides
Supplies and preparations for the clinic days
The cost of the trip excludes:
International airfare to and from Kenya
Any meals while traveling to and from Kenya
Spending money for souvenirs or personal purchases
Vaccinations or medications needed for travel
Traveler Health Insurance
Any transportation, lodging, or meals outside of the group MedWish Medical Brigade
The cost of this safari is $6,400 per person sharing a tent and $7,000 for a single. Your reservation is secured by a $1,500 non-refundable deposit.
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.