Kenya: Support for medical training college
24-02-1999 News Release 99/08
As part of its ongoing effort to alleviate the plight of hundreds of amputees throughout Kenya, the ICRC in mid-February donated equipment and materials worth some US$ 10,000 to the Kenya Medical Training College's faculty of orthopaedic technology.
The gift comprises a full set of tools and machines as well as enough raw materials to produce 100 light-weight, low-cost and recyclable artificial limbs made of polypropylene.
Klaus Spreyermann, deputy head of the ICRC's Nairobi delegation, noted that the organization's physical rehabilitation service, set up 20 years previously, had a two-pronged approach that provided both material support for limb-fitting workshops and training for their staff.
" We are certain that the technologists'newly learnt skills will be put to good use " , said Anastasia Kimeu, acting deputy principal at the Medical Training College.
With a view to the future, the ICRC has also provided the college with training opportunities. Two of its technologists recently completed a one-month course at the organization's physical rehabilitation centre in Addis Ababa. The ICRC programme of material support and training has also been extended to Kenyatta National Hospital, the Kangemi Rehabilitation Centre and the Kikuyu Hospital Ortho-rehabilitation Centre.