DNDi Marks 20 Years of Medical Milestones in West Pokot with a Charity Run for the Neglected Patients

Kacheliba Girls Primary School witnessed the conclusion of week-long activities facilitated by DNDi to bolster treatment for neglected diseases. 

The chief guest CS Eliud O. Owalo, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Digital Economy said sports was unifying and that the current administration led by President Ruto was keen to improve peaceful relations in the country.

He announced 100,000 computers for the Kitalakpel TTI in a bid to improve digital infrastructure and economy.

“We want our programs to target areas where technological uptake is still low,” noted the CS.

PS Interior and National Administration Dr. Raymond Omollo noted that 40% of those affected by neglected tropical diseases reside in Africa, more so West Pokot.

The PS said the Ministry of Interior understands the correlation between security and healthcare and as such, it remains steadfast to attaining peace along the border areas to enhance health provision.

Governor Kachapin hailed the Charity Run for Neglected Patients as pivotal towards improving the county's healthcare sector. Governor Kachapin urged for extension the partnership to elevate the county's research capabilities, specifically investing in Kacheliba and Sigor primary care networks to eliminate Kalazar.

"Eliminating Kalazar by 2030 remains our priority," emphasized Governor Kachapin. "This addresses a critical area in our healthcare, aligning with our collective pursuit of better health outcomes."

the County Executive Committee member for Health and Sanitation Claire Parklea stressed the county's aim to mirror Bangladesh's success in eliminating visceral leishmaniasis, highlighting the resolve to tackle Kala azar as a public health priority.

She emphasised the need for efforts to integrate and strengthen health sector initiatives with a focus on training community health workers to combat epidemics effectively.

The event celebrated not only two decades of DNDi's impactful work but also served as a testament to West Pokot's determination to forge ahead, united in its pursuit of better health and a peaceful future.

The event brought together French Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Arnaud Suquet, PS Public Works Joel Arumonyang, Peace Ambassador Tecla Loroupe, DNDi Executive Director Dr. Louis Pizarro, Action Against Hunger (ACF), County Commissioner Apollo Okelo, MCAs among other leaders.