In 2019, Blue Ventures supported our partners Safari Doctors and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) in securing access to a documentary crew willing to produce a short film about their pioneering health-environment work in Lamu County, Kenya.
The short film, ‘Pamoja’ – meaning ‘together’ in Swahili – explores Safari Doctors, NRT and Blue Ventures’ current collaborative endeavour of the same name, which offers an innovative approach to improve engagement in health services and natural resource management in Lamu. Communities in the region face significant social, economical and geographical challenges, leading to poverty, food insecurity and lack of access to fundamental healthcare. The project aims to empower communities to overcome these challenges by working holistically.
Safari Doctors operate mobile clinics to remote villages, largely led by their youth Health Ambassadors who are trained in basic healthcare skills. For the project, Pamoja, this urgent work is being supported by NRT’s rangers who are accompanying the ambassadors to attend and deliver workshops, and organise community activities. Blue Ventures is the technical partner for the project, bringing a depth of experience from our work with the Madagascar PHE Network.
As the short film demonstrates, the project aims to boost community participation in issues relating to both human and environmental wellbeing. Umra Omar, CEO of Safari Doctors features throughout, sharing her insights on the inseparability of health and the environment, and the urgent need to push forward holistic approaches to community development amongst marginalised communities, such as those across Lamu County.
“Most of the time we are known as the marginalised community. We are now looking at how we can awaken and see how we, ourselves, can bring change within our community without sitting around and waiting for other people to bring change.”
The film was produced by Docubox Kenya with support from Gabriel Diamond of the Skoll Foundation.
Blue Ventures is proud to support Safari Doctors and Northern Rangelands Trust in their innovative health-environment programmes in Kenya.
Learn more about the partnership in our blog, ‘PHE training brings new partners together in the Lamu Archipelago’.