Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 19, 2022

© Lola Reid Allin

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Medical mission in Kenya

A photographer joins her husband and other Canadian MDs on a two-week medical mission at the Mully Children’s Family medical clinic in Kenya

Poverty, political turmoil and HIV/AIDS have claimed lives and livelihoods, homes and hope from Kenyans. One former Nairobi street child was determined to change this. Twenty-one years ago, Charles Mulli and his wife Esther began by inviting three disadvantaged children into their home.

Today, Mully Children’s Family (MCF) is a non-governmental enterprise recognized internationally as an effective organization, a model for other NGOs. MCF has provided shelter, food, education, skills training and health care to 6000 children with the goal to reintegrate productive young people into society.

The personal commitment by the Mullis inspired my husband and me to volunteer with 20 other Canadians at the MCF Medical Clinic in Ndalani. My husband, Dr Jeff Allin, and four other physicians examined approximately 1300 patients during the two-week clinic. Every morning I taught Life Skills to former street girls; every afternoon I photographed the patients: MCF children and employees, and rural villagers.

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