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Banda Health Newsletter - Past Issues

Sisters Open New Female-Run Clinic in Nairobi to Help the Poor

Elizabeth was working part-time in a hospital in Nairobi while completing her gynecology residency when she realized she wanted to do something more to help her community. But to do it right, she needed her sister, Lorna. Together, they opened the new St. Catherine of Sienna medical center just outside of Nairobi.

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Two Female Nurses Become ‘Sisters’ in Life and Business in Nairobi

Our first clinic visit was in Nairobi at Midhill Clinic, which I was excited to see because it was run by two females. I expected to find two type-A females who were blunt, business-minded individuals. But since there’s no way to look their clinic up online or even to find a picture of them on a social media site, I had to wait patiently during the two hour drive from our base in Kijabe to see if my assumptions were correct.

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The “will to do so”

“We believe there is enough wealth in the world to eradicate poverty, we just need to will to do so.” – the Scotts.

As a young couple, Sylvia and Stephen Scott left their little home village near Matangwe in rural western Kenya to study and work in Canada. Twenty years later, they came back to a Matangwe they hardly recognized and partnered with local leaders to start the clinic that eventually became Matangwe Hospital.

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NYTimes, cheap drugs, antibiotic resistance and Banda Health

A few weeks ago, the New York Times published an article about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria in Kenya. Poor sanitation, cheap medication, unregulated prescription and unsafe antibiotic use have all contributed to the spread of bacterial infections that no longer respond to standard antibiotic treatment.

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Part II: “It’s boring without Banda”

In Part I, we met Stephen Muthama of Builders Health Clinic. We looked at some of the challenges he faces running a private clinic in Pipeline Embakasi, a neighborhood on the south side of Nairobi, Kenya. Today, we’ll look at the ways Muthama has been using Banda Go to improve his business and deliver good healthcare to his patients – including two novel ways that caught us off guard.

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It’s my phone

“Use what you have in your hands.” Earlier this month, one of Kijabe Hospital’s young doctors, Dr. Benard Lango, was speaking to a group of visiting academics and aid organizations from around the world. He was giving a live demonstration of the Banda iMed app – a cutting edge, research-quality patient care tool that the Banda team developed for Kijabe’s inpatient medical team.

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