Organic Health Response

Organic Health Response

The Organic Health Response (OHR) activates communities to strengthen the health, resilience and local voice on Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. We support open community spaces to advance critical conversations and local solutions. Founded in 2008, OHR is registered in the USA as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and in Kenya as a Community Based Organization (CBO). 

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)

Contact

2630 Benjamin St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 USA

T : +17158218118
E : khines@organichealthresponse.org

Organization Mission

The Organic Health Response (OHR) activates communities to strengthen the health, resilience and local voice on Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. We support open community spaces to advance critical conversations and local solutions. Together we are a network of activists, researchers, farmers, physicians, students and teachers who believe that Mfangano has an opportunity to set a sustainable example for rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Build on grassroots ideas and "global-local" collaborations, we equip our rural villages with adaptable skills, confidence, and relationships to respond "organically," as unified communities, to current and future challenges.

Area of Focus

We support an ecosystem of diverse community health initiatives on Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Our primary focus is on health, resilience of the community and environment, and the local voice of the people. 

  • Coordinating the world's first Microclinic Program for HIV/AIDS for 1,000 famlies affected
  • Broadcasting Africa's first wind-powered community radio in Suba language to 200,000 residents across Lake Victoria
  • Operating Mfangano's only 24-hour emergency boat service for 30,000 people
  • Implementing 3 longitudinal research interventions in partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), University of California-San Franscico (UCSF), and University of Minnesota (UMN) physicians
  • Training a new generation of inspired farmers, health workers, educators, and community researchers