Upgrading the Nthunguni Dispensary

Over the next 18 months, this new project led by the Tsavo Trust (TT) will refurbish the Nthunguni Dispensary infrastructure, addressing structural deficiencies and disrepair within the maternity wing and the overall building. More specifically the infrastructure will be rehabilitated and a reliable solar energy source together with a 10,000L rainwater harvesting system installed. In order for the resident nurse to be able to respond to emergencies in a timely manner, a small modern one-bedroom house will be constructed within the facility premises. The dispensary will also be equipped with modern medical equipment for advanced diagnostics and expended treatment options. To enhance staff skills and capacity they will be trained on the utilization and maintenance of the equipment. Sustainable management of the renovated facilities will be ensured through a collaborative framework involving the Makueni County Government, Kenya Wildlife Service, and community stakeholders.

 Founded in 2012, the Tsavo Trust (TT) is a Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organisation that provides core support to secure wildlife, habitat and key communities in Kenya’s vast Tsavo Conservation Area.






July 2024 – December 2025


Nthunguni / Kenya

With whom

Tsavo Trust




49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.