Imbako Public Health was formed out of a need to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable communities, specifically women and children in Kenya. Commencing as a Mother-daughter alliance, the vision of Imbako is to provide a long-lasting impact that will influence research and policy; to build sustainable initiatives that engender the well-being of vulnerable populations; & to allay disparities in healthcare, education and environment faced by women and children.
Mrs. Judith Okech a Registered Nurse always had a desire to make healthcare and public health education more accessible to communities in the rural areas of Kenya. As a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Mrs. Judith Okech has more than 30 years of experience in both clinical nursing, and disaster-relief project management, in several African countries including Sudan and her native country, Kenya. From this experience, Judith had witnessed the devastating effects that poverty, a lack of education, and limited access to proper healthcare, has on women and children. She has previously worked with Tear-fund, Oxfam, and the United Nations. IN 2008, Judith commenced writing project proposals towards the formation of a public health Non-Governmental/non-profit organization. At the time, Irene her daughter was based in the USA undertaking an MBA in healthcare Management. When she travelled to the USA for her daughter’s graduation, she discussed the proposal with her and together, they commenced on turning the dream into a reality. Given her background in Healthcare Policy and Accounting, Irene was uniquely placed to supplement the medical background of her mother Judith. Together, they set the ball rolling.
In 2009, after project proposal submission and initial consultation with several organizations, among them EOS marketing and Solomon Senior Living, LLC , Imbako Public Health was officially incorporated and registered in the State of Georgia, represented by Miller and Martin, LLC. Within the same year, Imbako was also officially registered in the country of Kenya as a Non-Governmental Organization.
Today, Judith serves as the as the chief strategist, to spearhead project initiations, and create awareness of the organization’s public health initiatives at local hospitals, schools and national and international forums. Irene serves as the Policy liaison to ensure that national and global healthcare and accounting policies in Imbako’s countries of operation are adhered to. She also leads in the strategic development of policy initiatives in public health.
As of 2013, Imbako Public Health holds affiliation and collaboration with (a) Universities: Georgia State University; University of South Carolina; Emory University (b)Humanitarian organizations: UNEP (c) Businesses and Organizations : Eos Marketing; Solomon Senior Living, LLC; Miller and Martin,LLC; and Group B Strep International. It also offers local and global internship opportunities to students in various academic fields.
The vision of Imbako is to provide a long-lasting impact that will influence research and policy; to build sustainable initiatives that engender the well-being of vulnerable populations; & to allay disparities in healthcare, education and environment faced by women and children.
The Logo and Tagline
The logo is a human hand holding up a tree and birds flying away.
The five fingers of the hand represent THE 5 core initiatives:
- Health: MCH
- Health: HIV/ADIS
- Education: Global Impact Project
- Education: Information Technology
The tree represents agriculture- the mainstay of Kenya’s economy and environment.
The birds flying free –represent the renewed hope that Imbako’s initiatives offer to the communities they serve.
The tag line: is the most perfect way to describe the heartbeat and core of the organization.
“Reaching women, teaching children, healing community”, represents the core of Imbako’s functions.