Coastweek-- As a young bride crossing the oceans
from Karachi, Pakistan to make her new home in Kenya, Hayati
Anjarwalla immediately fell in love with the Kenyan people.
Within no time, she realized that her
pristine mind would lead her nowhere.
She was approached by the Kenya Red
Cross to sit on their Board, an offer which she
She also acted as their Welfare
Officer and was responsible for fund raising.
Those were the days of British rule
when meetings were held in the Mayor’s parlour.
She had come from a family with a
philanthropic tradition and she had joined a family who
also had a philanthropic tradition but this was the
start of her own personal journey of helping the less
Soon she realized that the need for a
blood bank in Mombasa was urgent and with the help of
others she prepared a long list of donors and the first
blood bank was started, which is still running.
However, the greatest need was for
primary healthcare as there were almost no decent
facilities for the poor on the mainland in Mombasa.
The closest was the Coast Provincial
General Hospital which could only be accessed across the
And so Mrs. Hayati Anjarwalla
fundraised from friends and family and managed to open a small
clinic in the Mkomani area, a low income residential area
between Nyali and the English Channel. We opened our doors to
the public in 1979.
It was because of how she managed her
clinic she built a good reputation.
She was fortunate that international
donors got to know of this project and thus approached her to
join hands with them in providing family planning services to
fellow Kenyan citizens.
In those early days her great
supporters were various US agencies such as Family Planning
International Association, Family Planning Private Sector, and
Indeed, the US Government and its
various agencies have been Mkomani’s steadfast supporters for
close to 40 years now.
Through this network, she was invited
to the John’s Hopkins University for a course to study the
implementation of family planning services.
Mkomani Clinic, as the Society was
known then, grew rapidly.
The Society opened centres first in
Voi and thereafter at Bomu, Changamwe where the main referral
hospital operates from.
Bomu Hospital serves many people 6
centres spread along the Kenyan Coast.
In addition to medical services that
Bomu Hospital provides to the less fortunate, it has elaborate
community based programs in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale with
services like Food and Nutrition, Education, Health, Shelter,
Child Protection, Psychosocial Support and Household Economic
An average of 1,000 people are served
daily through the Bomu Hospital network.
In recognition of her extensive
service to humanity that spread over four decades, the Asian
Foundation this month awarded Mrs. Hayati Anjarwalla for her
exemplary philanthropic serves to humanity.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was
represented by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed at this gathering
marking three decades of philanthropic service by the Asian
Mrs Anjarwalla has dedicated her life
to provide health services to the underprivileged members of the