Started about 100 years ago in Kenya, the charity organisation is still today distinguished as a first aid and ambulance services provider. Other projects and services include prehospital care training, disaster and emergency management, maternal healthcare, road safety, and positive youth development among others.

In December 2013 the organization was elevated from an “Association” to be the ninth “Priory” in the world, and second in Africa after South Africa.

Read here an interview with our Chancellor about her visit to Kenya in May 2022.


Emergency Preparedness

Paramedics of St John Ambulance Kenya are always at the scenes of accidents, fires, terrorism, collapsed buildings and other disasters. Their volunteer first responders are always available in the communities helping people in need of emergency medical attention and complimenting the work of paramedics especially in remote locations where ambulance access is limited. St John Ambulance Kenya take disaster response very seriously, and firmly believe that the best approach to disaster is to try to prevent it altogether – or at the very least be appropriately prepared to respond and recover.

Emergency Response

When catastrophe strikes, the St John Ambulance Kenya teams deliver rapid, lifesaving aid that reduces suffering of the victims. Emergency response is one of the St John globally-recognised strengths and this capacity has put the 100-year-old organisation on the frontlines of many of the worst crises in recent times.

Emergency Relief and Appeals

When COVID 19 Pandemic struck across the world, Kenya was equally affected with St John Ambulance Kenya forced to stretch its limits to offer medical evacuation to affected individuals across the country using its Advanced Life Support Ambulance units.

St John Ambulance Kenya in 2013, responded to save lives when the militant group Al-Shabaab attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall where several people were injured. Later in April 2015, St John Ambulance Kenya responded to offer emergency medical evacuation after an attack at Garissa University College in Kenya’s North Eastern, where gunmen killed 148 people and wounded several others.

Later on in January 2019, four gunmen attacked the DusitD2 complex at 14 Riverside Drive junction in Nairobi Kenya where paramedics and medical volunteers from St John Ambulance Kenya camped at the scene offering emergency medical care and psycho-social support to families whose relatives were killed during the attack.

Following 2007 post-election violence in Kenya, in which 1500 people were killed in tribal clashes and 600,000 displaced St John Ambulance Kenya directly assisted over 40,000 Kenyans who had been displaced by the violence by providing medical care and treatment.

Every single day, St John Ambulance Kenya units are stationed along Kenya’s Major Highways responding to road traffic accidents and evacuating the injured to various hospitals. The organisation has also set up several rescue centres along the highways to offer medical support to minor cases of emergency medical care.

During this post 80s era, St John Ambulance Kenya were overstretched with frequent road accidents that typically claims about 3,000 lives annually. The organisation has also been relied upon to help in occasional collapse of poorly-built structures, especially in urban areas.

In 2009, when over 10 million Kenyans were affected by the drought. St John Ambulance Kenya set up medical camps where a total number of people who received medical attention was 6,510 and those who received food relief were 10,585

Community Healthcare

Sickness and disease is rife in poverty stricken slum villages of Kenya. With poor sanitation and hygiene challenges, infection spreads quickly and this can prove fatal in case of children.

St John Ambulance Kenya provides medical check-up and medicine to those who cannot afford healthcare services. The St John community health programme is already improving the quality of life for needy people living in slums and those in remote rural areas. To support the initiative, the charity organization has train Community Health Workers who work alongside St John Ambulance Kenya volunteers.

Maternal Health

As Kenya strives to attain millennium development goals, it is emerging that each day 15 women and 290 children lose their lives as a result of avoidable pregnancy complications.

This worrying trend premised the St John’s initiative to introduce special motorcycle ambulances to help mothers deliver in hospital. Already four motorcycle ambulances have been acquired for piloting in four remote villages in Tana River County, which has one of the highest maternal deaths. The villages include Biressa, Wayu boro, Dende and Tawakal.


St John Ambulance Kenya
P.O Box 41469
00100 Nairobi

Tel: (020) 3340262 /74 /83
Email: [email protected]