The Health Yetu Foundation aims to work together with well established organizations and companies in Kenya and around the world to achieve a sustainable effect. These organizations are led and shaped by several unique individuals. Proven specialists in their own occupation, with decades of experience in their area of work.
They are our proud ambassadors and partners.
Umra Omar is from Pate Island in the Lamu archipelago and was raised in Kenya. After completing graduate school and working in Washington, D.C., Umra decided cubicle life was not for her. She returned to Lamu to explore her purpose and learned about a life-saving medical aid project that had been abandoned because of security concerns. In 2015, she launched Safari Doctors.
The following year, Umra was selected as a CNN Hero for her work. In 2017, she won the United Nations in Kenya Person of The Year Award. Umra is an Africa Visionary Fellow, Aurora Forum Goodwill Ambassador and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She featured among the United Nations #RealLifeHeroes for World Humanitarian Day 2020 and was among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2020.
In January 2021, Umra also became an Amujae Leader- the flagship programme of The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development, which aims to shift the landscape for women in public leadership in Africa, to one that truly values women leaders.
Initially from Mt Elgon in western Kenya “Shanni” founded the Mpala Community Trust and the Nomadic Communities Trust which would amalgamate to become Communities Health Africa Trust (CHAT) . These Trusts evolved as a result of her growing concern about the degradation of Kenya's natural environment. She is strongly pro-life and pro-choice for all Kenyans, and she recognized that managing population growth and protecting the environment were one in the same. She shaped CHAT to become a vehicle to bring under-served communities in Kenya access using a holistic approach to family planning/contraception. She recognized this as both a prudent solution for the current environmental issues, as well as a desperately needed service that mitigates horrendous and unnecessary suffering and poverty (especially in women and children).
Rose is originally from Kitui, she has been with CHAT for over 8 years. She is certified in Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) from Nairobi University and AMREF International, and has a certification in HIV/AIDS Counseling & Testing through the Liverpool Training Institute. She received her diploma in business management - majoring in Human Resource Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. She also received her degree in Business Management & Leadership-majoring in Business Management & Administration from Management University of Africa. She is the village gauge marker for farming and is a very vibrant church choir member as well as an ordained leader of the church’s women group.