ZOSLU Kilifi Kenya
In 2014, BPI decided to launch a programme to provide helthcare services including obstetric and neonatal support and paediatric care for children under five, in Kilifi, Kenya. BPI aims to open its first Kenyan based healthcare facility in Kilifi to serve the approximately 2.5 million Kenyans in the city surrounding northern coastal area. While Kenya have government coverage for some basic healthcare services, specialty surgeries and other procedures are often too far away or expensive to be accessible by the average Kenyan citizen.
The aim was to leapfrog healthcare delivery by providing an ultramodern healthcare facility with advance focus specialties that not only will reduce infant mortality, as well as the number of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, but will be financially independent and sustainable and will provide an anchor for community economic development. Using green energy and local treated water we planned Zoslu Kilifi to be net positive energy and water supply. Zoslu Kilifi is planned to provide capacity building to the local healthcare providers community as well as to all supportive services the the Zoslu campus.
Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community (EAC). Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya is located on the equator with the Indian Ocean lying to the south-east and is bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi), and had a population of approximately 45 million people in July 2014.
Although Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa, and has an affluent urban minority, it has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.519, ranked 145 out of 186 in the world. As of 2005, 17.7% of Kenyans lived on less than $1.25 a day. The important agricultural sector is one of the least developed and largely inefficient, employing 75% of the workforce compared to less than 3% in the food secure developed countries. Kenya is usually classified as a frontier market or occasionally an emerging market, but it is not one of the least developed countries.
Nurses treat 80% of the population who visit dispensaries, health centres and private clinics in rural and under-served urban areas. Complicated cases are referred to clinical officers, medical officers and consultants (specialists). According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, in 2011 there were 65,000 qualified nurses registered in the country; 8,600 clinical officers and 7,000 doctors for the population of 43 million people (These figures from official registers include those who have died or left the profession hence the actual number of these workers may be lower).
Despite major achievements in the health sector, Kenya still faces many challenges. The life expectancy estimate has dropped to approximately 55 years in 2009 – five years below 1990 levels.The infant mortality rate is high at approximately 44 deaths per 1,000 children in 2012. The WHO estimated in 2011 that only 42% of births were attended by a skilled health professional.
Kilifi is a town on the coast of Kenya, 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast by road of Mombasa. The town lies on the Kilifi Creek and sits on the estuary of the Goshi River. Kilifi is capital of the Kilifi County and has a population of 122,899 (2009 census).
The town is known for its beach and for the ruins of Mnarani, including mosques and tombs, dating from the 14th to the 17th century.
Kilifi is a cosmopolitan town with mixed ethnic groups. The predominant inhabitants (about 80%) are from the Mijikenda groups (mainly Giriama and Chonyi). Other groups include the Swahili-Arab descendants, Barawas, Bajunis, Somalis as well as other groups from inland. There is a handful of Indians, and Europeans, mainly British, German and Italian.
Like every coastal town, fishing is one of the historical economic activities. With time, the town has slowly been transforming from a fishing village to basic industrial and service.
The growth of the town was mainly fuelled by the cashew nut milling factory between 1976 and 1990; the district has been a producer of cashews since 1930. Other industrial activities include milk processing at Kilifi Plantations.
Since 2008 with the transformation of the Kilifi institute of Agriculture into Pwani University. There has been substantial expansion of the service sector as a result of this. Banking activity has been growing with about 7 banks (KCB, Barclays, Postbank, Imperial, Equity, Co operative, Diamond Trust Bank and most recent National Bank) as well as microfinance institutions. Retail business and hotels have historically been significant economic activities. 3 to 4 star hotels include Sea Horse Hotel, Mnarani Club, Kilifi Bay Beach Resort and Baobab Lodge.
Kilifi is the capital of Kilifi County. Tourism and fishing are major economic activities due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean. The county has some of the best beaches and popular resorts and hotels. Other attractions include historical sites such as the Mnarani ruins that date back to between the fourteenth and seventeenth century.
The county has a strong industrial sector with the Mabati Rolling Mill and the Athi River Cement Factory contributing heavily to the region’s economy both in employment provision and income generation. Opportunities exist in agriculture, particularly dairy and crop farming thanks to fertile soils and a good weather pattern. The Kilifi County Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is Mwalimu Menza. The county had a successful cashew nut milling industry and opportunities exist in its revival.
About ZOSLU Kilifi
In 2014, Better Place International in partnership the city administration local health community and the leadership of Kilifi and with our international partners, AECOM designed and will build, manage, and train healthcare professionals. In collaboration with the new planned medical college and the school of nursing, USA and Canadian Universities, and Samsung, BPI will lead the effort to overcome current healthcare delivery obstacles in a simplified, yet sophisticated integration of processes. Together these will form regional networks of skill and capabilities that thrust Africa’s healthcare delivery into the forefront of advanced medical futures and the local economy forward to meet growing demands.
This centralized healthcare facility will incorporates healing as well as learning, ideas developed from a combination of working in a region that has seen little change and inspiration from James Cameron’s idyllic movie, Avatar. From this movie came the inspiration for the facility name, the Zoslu, which comes from the constructed language of Na’vi that was meticulously created by Dr. Paul Frommer, literally meaning “to get fixed, heal and become well." This is not just a fantasy, but a very real and much needed service that will be provided by BPI’s unique facility, the Zoslu to its local community.
Service a population of 2.5 Million population Zoslu Kilifi will be the first ultra modern healthcare facility in Kenya. With 16 Intervention Care ( operating rooms) , modern Emergency Care and state of the art Critical Care services Zoslu Kilifi will leapfrog healthcare delivery and become the point of reference for Personalized medicine with Value Based Operation management, Advanced mobile and cloud technologies and a delightful design all focus is made of patient and staff centricity.
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