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Anne Higham

Kirambi Health Post

Fundraising for Medical Missionaries of Mary

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by 135 supporters
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Medical Missionaries of Mary

Medical Missionaries of Mary are an international group of Catholic Sisters. We work in 14 countries and are trained in health-related professions. We go to people of different cultures in places of great need to improve their health care in a cost-effective way.

Charity Registration No. 293494

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We would like to thank you for your support. On the 13th of September we embarked on the 190 mile Coast to Coast walk from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay which we completed on the 25th. As well as getting fitter and thinner we have raised a large amount of money to build a Health Outpost Clinic in rural Rwanda.

Please go to www.c2c4kirambi.co.uk to keep up to date.

Kirambi Health Centre looks after a population of 10,000 people who are some of the poorest people in the world, surviving on less than 25p a day, with an average life expectancy of 46 years. Malaria is rife and 26 % of the children are malnourished. There is no electricity, no running water, no transport and the nearest hospital is a 4 hour walk.

Kirambi Health Centre is run by the Medical Missionaries of Mary. There is a staff of 20 (12 nurses) who provide care to the local population. The Health Centre runs outpatient, HIV, TB, antenatal and malnutrition clinics. They also run farming, public health and clean water projects. There are beds there for admission of sick patients and a maternity ward.

The Health Centre wants to set up a health outpost 4 hours walk away in Cyahafi. This will allow the team to run immunisation, HIV, TB and antenatal clinics. They will also teach the local population simple public health measures - nutrition, disease prevention and hygiene. There will be classes on community building skills The Health Outpost will provide basic health services for a very vulnerable population.. The MMM have a business plan prepared and have funding to provide the staffing and transport to the clinic – however they do not have a building.

 The Centre has a plot of land, but they need £8728 for the building. It will have a class room, 2 consultation rooms and 2 pit latrines. The on going running cost and maintenance will be minimal.

  We thank you for your generosity and promise that every penny raised will go to project.

  Anne, Sharon and Carol

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Sharon Mitchell has worked as a doctor at Kirambi Health Centre during her summer holidays for the last four years. During her time there she has seen and treated almost a thousand patients, training the nurses during the consultation. She has been involved in teaching the nurses how to develop their own learning with a library she helped set up there.

 “I have built strong links with the people of  Kirambi. The team never fail to amaze me, what they do with minimal resources is quite astounding. There are so few doctors in Rwanda, but these nurses provide extraordinary levels of health care”

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