ABW hosts Masaai speaker
Juma Sampuerrap, a medical officer from the Masai Mara region of Kenya, will speak in Lacombe on Sept. 24 about his work at the Talek Health Centre in Africa. (Contributed)
A Better World (ABW) is hosting their third Beyond Borders lecture, this time Juma Sampuerrap, a medical officer from the Masai Mara region of Kenya, will speak about his work at the Talek Health Centre in Africa.
“We thought it would be interesting for the public to hear about work we are doing in this part of Kenya,” said Eric Rajah, co-founder of ABW.
The Lacombe-based charity raised money to help build and expand the clinic where Sampuerrap works. The lecture is a good opportunity for people who donate to ABW to see exactly how their contributions are used, said Rajah.
“From our perspective, this has been one of our unique features,” said Rajah. “It keeps the donors engaged in what’s happening, not just taking their money.”
Patients of the Talek Health Centre mainly sustain on meat, milk and blood, and because of this particular diet, and the local custom of multiple wives, Sampuerrap has to deal with a variety of issues at the clinic.
Sampuerrap, who is from the Masai Mara region, uses his understanding of local customs to help treat patients at the clinic. The most common ailments are animal bites, said Rajah.
“That’s one aspect of his work (that’s unique), he’s right in the middle of a game reserve,” said Rajah.
Since helping with the expansion of the clinic, ABW has raised funds for a second clinic 10km away from the centre where Sampuerrap works. Patients will also be able to deliver babies at the new clinic, rather than having to make the long journey to the hospital. ABW is also hoping to add an X-ray and ultrasound machine by the end of the year.
They’ve also made improvements to the first clinic, bringing in more staff to help with Tuberculosis testing, and a pharmacy. When the clinic first opened, there were only three staff members. They now have 13 people working at the Talek Health Centre.
Sampuerrap will speak at the Lacombe Memorial Centre Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. and again Sept. on 29 at the Canadian University College church at 10:30 a.m.
The previous Beyond Borders event brought in about 70 people. This time around, ABW has made room for 100 people to attend the free lecture, and with all the donors in Lacombe, Rajah hopes they come out to hear exactly how their donations are used.
“This is an opportunity to find out firsthand the challenges, as well as the successes, we are having bringing modern medicine to the people (of Kenya),” said Rajah.