The Safaricom Foundation is a charity founded by Safaricom that engages activities aimed at giving back to communities, organizations and the society at large. The foundation has concentrated its activities in health, education, environment, economic empowerment, water, arts and culture as well as disaster relief.
Last year, the foundation set up a a 50 Million Shillings Technology for Good Innovation fund aimed at growing social innovation locally. The fund targeted mobile-based solutions of these core pillars of the foundation in a bid to leverage technology tools to create solutions capable of empowering the society and at the same time deal with these problems
The Foundation has today announced it is increasing its effort in the health segment through more funding for free medical camps. The foundation will commit Kshs. 36 Million to the initiative now in its 10th year. Safaricom has since inception of the free medical camps pumped 200 Million shillings with over 1 Million Kenyans receiving free treatment and consultation services.
The funds will be channeled towards 12 free medical camps and three diabetes youth camps over the next two years. The diabetes medical camps will be conducted in collaboration with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Center. Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joe Ogutu says efforts of the medical camps will shift towards non-communicable diseases such as Diabetes, Cancer and general ailments.