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Sooner or later we all face situations where a family member, friend or acquaintance needs medical attention. Healthcare in the Netherlands is well organised. Yet there are places in the world that can do with extra help. The VU medical centre in Amsterdam (VUmc) has been supporting a training hospital in Kenya for many years through its Doctor 2 Doctor programme. The relatively young staff at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital perform miracles, to the minds of their Amsterdam colleagues. They are exceptionally dedicated and posses a great deal of knowledge and experience. But, there is a chronic lack of funding, equipment, personnel and training.

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Doctors, nurses and technicians from VUmc travel regularly to Eldorat to help their colleagues there. The MTRH is a training hospital on which 12 million people depend. By operating and giving courses, the VUmc staff kill two birds with one stone: they make people better and train doctors. Besides improving skills on the spot, they regularly send medical literature and fly over equipment. VUmc also invites Kenyan doctors to Amsterdam so they can acquire new knowledge and understanding.

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Ten kidney dialysis machines will be sent to Kenya in March. These will enable a lot more patients with kidney failure to be treated in Eldorat and the vicinity. A team of doctors, nurses and medical technicians from the VUmc will also visit the hospital. KLM AirCares and KLM Health Services are providing travel facilities, logistical support, vaccinations and medical travel advice.

Supporting Doctor 2 Doctor is easy: donate money or Flying Blue miles. Read more about Doctor 2 Doctor.

Publication date : 9 June 2015