To reach Kenyan people whose circumstances preclude them from receiving medical care, via a charity to improve health in poorer countries
About the project
EGHO is a registered charity aiming to improve healthcare and increase awareness of health problems in poor economy countries. We achieve this aim through a combination of clinical projects directly related to local need, education and creation of meaningful relationships and links to ensure sustainability of our work.
The charity was formed in 2008 when Dr Lucy Obolensky, a former GP trainee at Torbay Hospital who had undertaken charitable work in Kenya for 15 years, was asked by Dr Ndanya, the only surgeon in Nanyuki District Hospital, Kenya, if she could coordinate an orthopaedic project to Nanyuki. Orthopaedic surgical missions to developing countries are rare due to their high cost and difficulties in transporting equipment.
EGHO currently runs projects in Kenya, focussing particularly on needs jointly identified by local practitioners and the charity. The projects are aligned with those recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as priority areas: Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery; the introduction of strategies across hospitals to increase patient safety; support and development of rural health centres; community health and education and training in hospital, rural clinic and community settings.
All monies raised for our charity go directly into the individual projects. Our aim is to reach Kenyan people whose circumstances preclude them from receiving medical intervention.
For our charity the transfer of knowledge and skill is the highest priority. We work closely with our Kenyan colleagues in all areas of Pre-hospital Care, Emergency Department, Trauma, Post Operative care and in Rural Health. Our volunteers learn as much as they give and return revitalised for their NHS jobs sharing skills they have learnt whilst working in a developing health care system.
None of our work would be possible without the support we receive from benefactors for which we are very grateful. All our charity workers are unpaid volunteers who give up their time and annual leave allowance and raise funds to cover their costs in order to assist our projects. Your donation would help fund these costs.
As well as being an NHS Physiotherapist, I am also one of those volunteers and I am going to Nyahururu in Kenya in November 2015 with a team of surgeons, nurses, radiographers etc mostly from Torbay Hospital but also Derriford, RD&E and other hospitals in the South West for the latest orthopaedic project.
I would like to thank you in advance on behalf of our charity and also our Kenyan colleagues, for any donation, however small, you may be able to give.