The Africa Medical Foundation has brought new hope to millions of Kenyans with its Flying Doctor and Mobile Medicine services.
The Africa Medical Foundation has brought new hope to millions of Kenyans with its Flying Doctor and Mobile Medicine services. The foundation took to the air for the first time in 1960, using a borrowed aircraft ... and in the first ten years notched up a million miles of flying.
The Flying Doctor service was the brainchild of Dr. Archibald McIndoe, a noted plastic surgeon, who made his name "patching up" the pilot victims of World War Two. After a holiday in Africa, he decided to do something to take medical services to areas which were then considered inaccessible. The foundation was formed with offices in Nairobi, London and New York .. and since then has gone on form strength to strength.
Although some of the service' work is colourful and exciting .. high speed mercy dashes to save lives ... much of it is routine. Regular medical safaris are launched deep into the heart of Kenya, using the foundation's fleet of light aircraft, assisted by mobile units on the ground. The mobile units travel from village to village, serving as portbale clinics. they also conduct preventative medical campaigns, through inoculations, distribution of drugs and training programmes which teach the villagers to care for themselves.
The foundation has also assisted in the recent anti-tuberculosis campaign conducted throughout the country.
In addition, there is the research side of the ??? works to find new ways of preventing disease through ???. The foundation has made a number of valuable contributions to the world's store of medical knowledge.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. David Webster is one of the dedicated staff members attached to the African Medical Foundation, which has its headquarters in Nairobi. However, the doctor is far from the civilisation of Kenya's capital. He's conducting a "safari" clinic in one of the country's remote areas.
The Foundation makes regular "safaris", taking advantage of its fleet of aircraft and its mobile medical units on the ground.
The foundation was the brainchild of noted plastic surgeon, Dr. Archibald McIndoe, who made his name patching up the pilot victims of World War Two. After a holiday in Africa, Dr. McIndoe decided, with two colleagues, to help provide medical services for villagers in the then inaccessible areas of Kenya.
The three men set up offices in Nairobi, London and New York ... and from humble beginnings, the foundation went on form strength to strength.
The mobile units travel form village to village, serving as portable clinics. As well as routine medical treatment and examinations, the clinics provide inoculations, distribute drugs and introduce training programmes to teach the villagers how to care for themselves. The foundation also assisted in the massive anti-tuberculosis campaign conducted recently.
The facilities now used by the foundation .. and, in particular, its Flying Doctors .. ar a far cry from the early days. The first flight was made in a borrowed aircraft in nineteen-sixty. Since then the fleet has been expanded and modernised, and in its first ten years clocked a million miles of flying.