CDC + Carolina for Kibera = Tabitha Health Clinic
August 10, 2009
Here in Nairobi's Kibera slum, the largest in all of Africa, the Tabitha Health Clinic offers a model public-private partnership. The clinic is the product of a collaboration between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
A little more info on Tabitha health clinic from Carolina for Kibera's site.
Founded by the late Tabitha Atieno Festo, a widowed registered nurse from Kibera, Tabitha Medical Clinic is a community-based medical clinic that provides primary healthcare and youth-friendly services to Kibera residents in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tabitha Clinic offers healthcare to all residents on a sliding-fee scale. The clinic treats approximately 20,000 patients each year (over 100 daily) and offers basic laboratory, pharmaceutical, and children's health services. The clinic is one of the only medical facilities in Kibera that staffs two fulltime physicians.
The Commission is paying special attention to how to create and sustain successful public-private partnerships, especially around using data at the local level. It's also examining how this clinic fits in to the larger health-care system of the community.