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.

Key Stats

Service provision funded by CHASE Africa, 2017-2019:

Health

17,000 healthcare services*

1,100 tests**

*Includes primary healthcare services, deworming treatments and immunisations       ** Includes HIV, malaria, HepB testing and cancer screening

Family Planning

1,400 family planning provisions provided*

2,100 CYP equivalent**

8,600 condoms distributed

*Includes IUCD, 5/3-yr implant, Depo-provera injection, and the Pill                             ** Couple Years of Protection – 1 CYP is equivalent to 1 year of family planning

Waiting in the shade before seeing a nurse

Every child is assessed by a nutritionist

The waiting room