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The Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI) is an international non-profit health care organisation that focuses on education and information provision. MKI believes that health care is a human right and, under the slogan ‘Prevention through Education’, has defined a clear goal: to improve the living conditions of the people of southern Africa through providing education and information to the local population and service providers in the area of health care.

By collecting and sharing knowledge, the people learn more about health and health care, thus reducing the numbers of victims of preventable diseases. This is especially important for the youth. The death rate of children below five years of age suffering from diarrhoea is 13%; girls and young women are susceptible to serious infections during menstruation; and babies are still born HIV positive. MKI’s mission is to prevent these situations, and it thus now runs ‘Prevention through Education’.

The funds required for this important work are primarily obtained from donations. Another source of income that contributes to MKI’s success is sales from an exclusive series of jewellery by YOELL®, an MKI established project. The jewellery is hand-made by women living with HIV in South Africa. MKI is located in Oostvoorne, the Netherlands, and in Cape Town, South Africa.

Publication date : 22 August 2017