This week we introduce you to Osborne, one of our Site Coordinators in our East Africa Region. Osborne Ndalo Amollo grew up in Mombasa, the second-largest city in Kenya, completing highschool in Kisumu, before coming back to Mombasa where he graduated from the Kenya Medical Training College in Clinical Medicine and Surgery. Interested (and puzzled)…

At North Star we strive for continuous innovation to tailor our services to the needs of our clients. That is why we developed STAR DRIVER, a new health programme, especially for truck drivers! We launched the pilot of STAR DRIVER in three Roadside Wellness Centres in Kenya: Emali, Maai Mahiu, and Salgaa. Another important step…

On June 3, Kenya’s new ‘National Strategy on HIV and AIDS and STI Programming along Transport Corridors in Africa’ was launched by the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) with support from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). North Star Alliance has long been a staunch advocate for the inclusion…

Sustainability is word that is often thrown around in the non-profit sector. In fact, we get asked about the sustainability of our Roadside Wellness Centres quite often. Since mobile workers, like truck drivers, are constantly on the move, it can be challenging to incorporate income generating activities to help offset the cost of some of…

Late yesterday afternoon a powerful thing happened in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. I was at a meeting that brought together eight local women and a team from Holland, led by an unusually outspoken woman named, Marieke, who manages sex work projects at SOAIDS. The visit to the Roadside Wellness Centre was originally to give the team…

If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far, go together. This African proverb implores us to unite and stick together to reach a goal, in this case, extending basic health care to people on the move. There isn’t anything groundbreaking about providing health services from a shipping container. Certainly…

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