Fatma Salim Bazahy is a Pharmacist working within the Ministry of Health under Kilifi County Government as the Sub county Medical Officer of Health of both Malindi and Magarini Sub Counties. Her roles and responsibilities to mention a few are to supervise health service delivery in all the primary health care facilities and the referral hospital including the private and faith based facilities within her jurisdiction, Identifying various intervention strategies to help improve total health indices in the community through mobilization and activities friendly to the communities and get targets for her sub counties in the areas identified in the Annual Operational Plan.
Ms Bazahy pursued BSc in Pharmacy, in India; she was also privileged to undertake several training: Community Management risk Reduction Training, Integrated Vector Management, Leadership Development Program, Developing and writing successful project Proposal and Senior Management Course. Fatma is passionate in helping the community and joined Rotary club to serve the community above self.
As a Washington Fellow Ms Fatma seeks to use the Knowledge and links she shall obtain from the fellowship to focus on the five priority areas: Community Strategy, Maternal Neonatal Child Health(MNCH), HIV/AIDS/TB and Sanitation in order to improve the community way of life by impacting knowledge and changing behavior for the betterment of the future generation.Upon her return to Africa, she would like to realize a professional goal of hers, start a non-profit organization geared toward addressing a specific discrepancy that exists throughout underdeveloped countries; lack of self sustainability. During her experience as a public health official, she has observed that Africa (Kenya) receives a lot of great assistance. However, once the money and resources dry up, Kenya does not have the ability to continue programs due to a lack of self-sustainability. The non-profit will be geared towards addressing this shortfall. It would be known as THE SELF SUSTAINING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE.
The organization will address this issue one community at a time. It would address such issues as flowing potable water, sewage, trash disposal, personal hygiene, sustainable food sources, infrastructure, preventative medicine, barter system management, and self governance – to name a few.