In rural areas of Mbeere and Machakos people may have to walk up to 15 kilometres to get to the nearest health facility. In response to a request from a women’s group in rural Machakos, PCAT supported the construction of a rural dispensary. The facility has been registered with the Ministry of Health and it is expected that the Government will meet the clinic’s staffing costs.
PCAT provided a number of grants to meet the cost of construction and equipping this rural dispensary near Mwala. The need for the dispensary was identified by the Mathima Women’s Group, working together with MCU. Additional funding was secured by MCU to meet the cost of a large water storage tank to collect rainfall. The dispensary has been approved by the local District Heath Officer. It is currently only open one day per month due to lack of staff. Part of its remit is to provide public health information to support programmes combating HIV Aids and to support local vaccination campaigns.