Collaboration is of great imoportance.
The Dutch-Kenyan Health Foundation strives to improve the public health of semi-nomadic areas in West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo County. The DKHF mainly focuses on infectious disease control and health problems resulting from environmental factors, local habits and lifestyle.
The DKHF supports the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam and Moi University Eldoret (Kenya). The MoU focuses on education, research and improving public health in Kenya. The chair of the DKHF, Paul Mertens, is a visiting professor at MOI University. Thanks to the intensive collaboration with these universities, the DKHF can base her projects, such as the leprosy project, on field research.
We believe it is of great important to coordinate our support with the local public health authorities; collaboration is key. In our opinion, this leads to sustainable win-win situations. For example, the government of West Pokot County provides patients in our two tuberculosis villages (TB-manyattas) with daily meals, provided personnel and logistical support for the leprosy field research team, and our partner organisation the Pokot Dutch Health Organisation (PDHO) is housed in an office space rendered by the government. Read more about our partner organisation under the heading “PDHO”.
Public Benefit Organisation (PBO)
Since May 29, 2018, the Tax Authorities have designated the DKHF as a public benefit organisation (PBO, in Dutch ANBI: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) as referred to in Article 24, paragraph 4 of the Inheritance Act 1956 (meanwhile: Article 6.33 Income Tax Act 2001 or Article 5b of the General State Tax Act) .