Falmouth Rotary hand over funds to help Kenyan project
4:00pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in News
The Rotary Club of Falmouth has handed over £250 to a local doctor who works with sufferers of rheumatism and crippling musculoskeletal ailments in Kenya.
Dr Jo Erwin, research associate at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, has been working with the charity, Uwezo, the Swahili word for capability. She is part of a team from the UK aiming to improve the quality of life for sufferers of musculoskeletal ailments in the East African country.
Currently there are only two full-time rheumatologists for Kenya’s 41 million population. Uwezo is teaching Kenyans to become trainers in the basic skills needed for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.
So far, the project, which started in January 2012, has certified 19 trainers and over 360 community health providers have been trained.
Presenting the cheque to Dr Erwin, Falmouth Rotary Club president, Peter Griffiths said: “It gives us great pleasure to support local professionals giving up their time and energy to help alleviate pain and suffering a long way from Falmouth.”