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The Ted Rayner Memorial Clinic


When Jan Rayner visited Kenya for the first time in January 2009, she little realised what a central part of her life it would become. 12 months later Jan’s husband Ted died suddenly and his many cricketing and golfing friends showed their appreciation of his life with great generosity. Jan wanted a practical permanent memorial to Ted and the question was asked of the Project Managers in Kenya what their priority was.  The idea of a clinic was born.

Jan Rayner sees the clinic take shapeNew Medical Elective Opportunity for Medical Students

Working through Amani UK, it was agreed that there was a real need for a clinic in the Kirongo Project area, a very rural district some 15kms from Oyugis, with no other medical facilities in the district. In spite of the initial generosity of Ted’s friends there was still the need to raise significant money to turn the idea into reality, but now thanks to Jan we have in 2013 the Ted Rayner Memorial Clinic. The clinic has been built in the secure compound of the Kirongo Project:

Kirongo Project entrance

Kirongo already has an Early Childhood Development School of 170 children. The Clinic is now registered with the Medical Authority, under the supervision of the District Hospital in Oyugis. This is following the model of the very successful Assisi Clinic, situated in another of the Amani UK supported projects. Assisi staff are making their experience available to ensure the most rapid and effective development of the Ted Rayner Clinic.

The Clinic is still in the early stages of development, with only basic equipment and much still needed. It has the services of two nurses supported by CHWs (Community Health Workers) and, with registration, the expectation of regular scheduled visits from the District Hospital.

The two primary needs are those associated with having a high percentage of young children and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. With these come the many opportunistic African diseases, attacking those made vulnerable by the frequent bouts of malaria. As well as the various treatments required, there is a growing need for health monitoring and education, particularly in the areas of nutrition and hygiene.
 
The Ted Rayner Memorial Clinic
 
The growth in usage of the Clinic is now bringing pressure on funding for drugs, which are never readily available in Kenya and the next significant physical expense is connecting the Clinic to the Kirongo Project’s solar-powered electrical supply and the provision of a refrigerator for storing drugs.
 
Jim Leftwich
International Coordinator
Amani UK 

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