Big Life Foundation (BLF) is based near Amboseli National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants with wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
In 2017, Dandelion Africa helped to train BLF to run a community health project. This involved training 14 local people as Community Health Workers (CHWs). In 2018, BLF took the project over, and working closely with the local health department, ran seven outreach clinics.
In the rural Maasai community, there is often a lot of stigma and false information surrounding family planning, for example, that it can cause cancer and infertility. In a polygamous society, where large families are still seen as a sign of financial and social prosperity, and education levels are low (48% of Maasai girls go to primary school, with only 10% making it to secondary school), there are many barriers to overcome before family planning will become an acceptable part of modern Maasai life. It is the role of the CHWs to work with the communities to try to break down these myths and misconceptions and explain the benefits that family planning can bring.
Service provision funded by CHASE Africa, 2017-2019:
17,000 healthcare services*
*Includes primary healthcare services, deworming treatments and immunisations ** Includes HIV, malaria, HepB testing and cancer screening
1,400 family planning provisions provided*
2,100 CYP equivalent**
8,600 condoms distributed