Volunteer Strength: The organization has a strong pool of over 20,000 volunteers including doctors, nurses, adult emergency rescue volunteers, cadets (high school students) and badgers (primary school pupils).
Ambulance Services and Disaster Response: Every year, thousands of people beneﬁt from services of our basic and advanced life-support ambulances stationed at five dispatch centers across the country. More than 60% of the evacuations are usually patients with lifestyle conditions, raising concerns on the need to encourage healthy living such as eating healthy diet, maintaining normal weight and not smoking. Road accidents are also a concern with at least a quarter of evacuations being victims of road crash, especially at notorious accident blackspots. There are also occasions of building collapse, especially in urban areas where some Building Contractors have been blamed for using substandard materials and poor workmanship. To ease response to emergencies and disasters, ambulances and response teams have been distributed proportionately across the country. The organization personnel is currently running all the ambulances for Busia County and looking forward to partner with more counties to enhance their ambulance and referral services.
Highway Rescue Centers: At least 2,500 victims of road accidents annually benefit from our 17 rescue centers located at notorious blackspots along the major highways. The centers are each manned by an average of 25 personnel and equipped with first aid materials. We intend to upgrade the rescue centers into dispensaries offering primary healthcare to communities, rather than just waiting for accidents to occur.
First Aid and Safety Training: The organization trains at least 18,107 people on ﬁrst aid and other safety courses yearly. Amongst those who beneﬁt from the trainings are public service vehicle drivers, inmates and prison warders, corporate workers and over 3,000 police oﬃcers who respond to risky scenes of crime and accidents. We are seeking to enhance the scope and quality of our training by acquiring more international accreditations as well as developing of new courses and upgrading the training facilities and equipment.
Maternal Healthcare: We recently donated four motorcycle ambulances at Wayu Boro village in Tana River County. The motorbike ambulances ferry women attending their pre or post-delivery care to hospital free of charge. The French Embassy funded project was hailed by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta as a step in the right direction towards boosting maternal health in areas with poor roads.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health: We have MoU on provision of ambulance services at state functions and enhancing capacities of counties to manage ambulances. We have recently trained health workers and ambulance teams in two counties (Wajir and Migori) and intend to train nine more counties. Under the same arrangement, we have also been actively involved in providing ambulance services in the following International events including TICAD Conference, Indian Prime Ministers visits, UNCTAD conference, Papal and US President visits among others.
Regional Outlook and Expansion Programs: We currently have eight regional coordination offices spread across the country located in Nairobi, Mombasa, Embu, Nyeri, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Kakamega. We also have three corporate units at Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Railways, and Kenya Police Service. Moving forward, we intend to put up 16 more offices in the next five years. Currently, plans are underway to have offices in Kitui and Awasi.
The organization is on an ever moving forward path to provide support to all everyone within it’s reach especially the vulnerable in the society drawing its guiding principle from its international motto; Pro Fide Pro Utilitate Hominum,‘For the Faith and in the Service of Humanity.’
To be a world-class volunteer organization, providing first aid training, emergency response, and community care.
To provide the highest standards of emergency healthcare, first aid training and community care.
- a) Volunteerism: Build a pool of volunteers who are willing to sacrifice their time and resources to serve the community without discrimination and/ or limitation as an obligation to the society.
- b) Service to humanity: Offer selfless service to humanity in health, sickness, distress, suffering or danger without any discrimination in a manner that honors God.
- c) Integrity: Conduct our affairs with objectivity and impartiality without entertainment of any form of bribery, favoritism, coercion and in a manner that upholds public confidence in our organization.
- e) Discipline and commitment: Wholly and totally profess and uphold to the realization of organizational goals and objectives, respecting the laid down procedures, rules and regulations.
- f) Innovation: Always ready to initiate, adapt and meet the ever changing needs of the communities we serve
St John Ambulance is there to help people affected by deseases, emergencies and disasters; for accident victims in need of critical ambulance evacuation and those who wants to learn first aid so they can be prepared to help others.
St John have ventured into charity related commercial activities to fund the charitable missions that benefits the “greater good” of communities. These include commercial ambulance services, training and sale of merchandise like first aid kits.
St John Kenya has embarked on aggressive plans to expand services to reach more vulnerable communities in Kenya. Maternal healthcare, highway emergency response, and medical support to poor families, are just a sample of current projects.
In the past one year alone, St John Kenya managed to help more than 8,000 people faced with various emergencies including those involved in the infamous Westgate Mall terror attack, road traffic accidents, collapsing buildings, fires and many others.
In the quest to improve safety on Kenyan roads, 18 rescue centers has been established along the major highways that will significantly reduce accident related fatalities.
At the Kyumvi junction towards Machakos, for example, accident occur on almost a weekly basis, but there are low fatalities as often as other areas, because St John first responders in the area arrive within a short notice to not only to offer first aid to the injured, but also to prevent fatalities caused by people who always want to help but have does not have skills to do so. This program has been supported by oil companies, and more companies are urged to come on board for a nice cause like this one.
The 86-year-old organization has recently brought hope to over 5000 residents from seven poverty stricken slums in Nairobi, as well as conflict areas of Tana River, by offering them free medical care and psychosocial support.
It is inspiring that many organizations in Kenya continue to seek St John first aid training, so that they can improve capacity of workers to respond effectively to first aid incidents and to generate money to support our charity cause.
Amongst the 17,126 people trained by St John in the past one year, 1,714 of them were police officers who are able to confidently give basic treatment before professional medical help arrives, since they are always first responders at accident scenes.
In the prisons department, about 125 inmates, most of who are serving life sentences, at Kenya’s biggest jail, Kamiti Main Prison have also been trained in first aid. This training will be expanded to other Correction Centres around the country, to expose more inmates on simple ways of handling injuries while on routine duties.
To cut childbirth dateaths in rural Kenya, St John is currently working on maternal health program that aims to improve the lives of women and children during and after deliveries. In this program, St John has introduced special motorcycle ambulances to help mothers deliver in hospital.
St John continues to expand its services each day to keep up with the rising demand.