2017 Surgery Program Assessment Trip to Kenya December 16 – 28

The purpose of this trip is for a small team to assess the current ABW Surgery Program for sustainability and improvement.

ASSESSMENT TEAM: Gillian Swartz (Resident currently in LLU program in Malawi), Azalea Lehndorff (U of C, Surgery Elective), Dr. James Mogire (Retired Orthopedic Surgeon, Kenya), Dr. Victor Oteki (Resident, Kenya), Dr. Ryan Hayton (Assigned by LLU, Mission in Malawi), Dr. Greg Saunders (Assigned by LLU, Mission in Malawi), Eric Rajah (ABW Co-founder), George Opundo (Medical Director of KAH)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Looking into shallow water wells

One of the areas we are closely looking at is the drilling of shallow water wells for schools and communities. Shallow wells are under 150 feet and use a manual drilling machine. Usually, a hand pump can be used to fill the water cans. Today, I went to see a shallow well being drilled. The complete

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Monday, December 25, 2017 – Trip Update #3 by Azalea

In my last update, I talked about some of the challenges we face and about the need for the hospital to have better surgical equipment and supplies in order to safely perform the essential surgeries. We are working to ensure that 80 children who have been waiting for a year will have access to surgeries

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Finding Furaha – Dedicated to all those who make this world a better place

One of the themes of Christmas is Joy. In this part of the world where I am over Christmas, being joyful is not something that comes to my mind especially in the hospital where a small group of us are working to improve the outcome of our surgery program. As I travel on this bumpy,

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Friday, December 22, 2017 – Trip Update #2 by Azalea

Today our main goal was to build a fuller picture of the hospital’s current capacity and what resources are already available to us. We visited again with the Solises to gain more insight. Dr. Marialita (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) and Dr. Alfred Solis (General Surgeon), who I mentioned in my last blog have worked in Kenya for 14

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Dr. Ken Hill Memorial Service in Kendu Bay, Kenya

As I arrived at the Nairobi airport, I was waiting in line to process my entry visa and Dr. Kelvin Hill sent me a note saying that his dad Dr. Ken Hill had passed away. At that moment, I realized that I had come to Kenya more than 50 times because of Ken. I would

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Trip Update by Azalea

During Christmas Break this year, I am in Western Kenya for A Better World to assist with the assessment of the surgical program at the Kendu Bay Hospital, and to help create a plan for how we can make the surgery program more sustainable. Over the last 27 years, A Better World has funded 10,000

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