On Saturday 12 November, the Gundua foundation will inaugurate its new health centre during a ceremony in Ex-Lewa, in the presence of the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya, Ann Dismorr, the Foundation’s board of directors, students, parents and other stakeholders.
The Health Centre is the result of a collaboration between the Gundua Foundation and Apotek Hjärta. Among other things, it offers childbirth and maternal healthcare services, paediatric care, basic health care, dental care and pharmacy.
The project is part of the Gundua Foundation’s long-term commitment and ambition to increase the standard of living for the.10,000 or so inhabitants in and around Ex-Lewa. The main donor is the Swedish pharmacy chain Apotek Hjärtat.
Bodil Eriksson, vice president marketing at Apotek Hjärtat, says: “Even if we are the largest private pharmacy in Sweden, we’re still a small organisation. Our aim was therefore to find a project to support that would be under the radar for the big aid agencies, and would engage us and our customers. The open heart in our logotype symbolises helping, sharing knowledge, and keeping an open dialogue. This is an attitude we share with the Gundua Health Centre.”
In addition to financial support, Apotek Hjärtat aims to contribute important pharmaceutical competence. Many employees have experience of fieldwork, which will be a great help.