In 1957 Michael Wood, a successful Nairobi surgeon, conceived the idea of a flying Doctor Service for East Africa.
In 1957 Michael Wood, a successful Nairobi surgeon, conceived the idea of a flying Doctor Service for East Africa. Today he heads a team of four doctors, nurses and four bush pilots who take medicine into the African bush in a fleet of their own aircraft.
From their base at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, the tear covers an ares the size of Western Europe. Wood himself has flown 500,000 miles (800,000km) and performed 10,000 operations. He says that preventive medicine is far more useful than his operations. But through his work thousands of Africans who might never otherwise have seen a doctor have been cured.
This film consists of brief extracts from a recent BBC documentary on the work of the Flying Doctor in East Africa.
SYNOPSIS: A mission of mercy from Nairobi. At the controls - Michael Wood, surgeon and founder of East Africa's Flying Doctor Service.
Today his route takes him past Kilimanjaro Africa's highest mountain. It was at his farm on the foothills of Kilimanjaro in 1975 that Wood - who had a successful practice in Nairobi - conceived the idea flying doctors in East Africa. Today his aircraft are a familiar sight as they to down at landing strips in the bush.
Aid for the scheme comes for Europe and North America. The service now has its own fleet of light aircraft, four doctor??? nurses and four bush pilots who regularly land at primitive airstrips in remote areas to bring emergency cases into Nairobi for hospital treatment.
Michael Wood operating at a tiny medical mission in Central Tanzania. Since he started the Flying Doctor Service he has flown 500,000 miles and performed 10,000 operations.
Doctor and nurse on their way to another hospital at Makeyunga, run by the Medical Missionaries of Mary. Most of the mission hospitals are run by religious orders. Seventy of them are in radio contact with the service's headquarters ??? Nairobi.
An attractive little girl -- but with tragically deformed feet. The doctor decides to operate. Throughout a long day patient follows patient. By nightfall Michael Wood has carried out 18 operations, although he believes preventive medicines is far more important then treating individual illnesses. But while the calls for help continue to com??? in, the Flying Doctors' planes cover an area the size of Western Europe to answer them.