Recent cases that could have been prevented


A young schoolboy, Olesimei from Olchorro Ngusur village, disappeared. Staff were called to help search for him, and his body was found under a bush outside his village. Florence, the nurse employed by the charity, examined the body to try and establish the cause of death. She found a puncture wound and after further investigation discovered that he had sustained the injury by falling onto a sharp stick. The previous day he had been sent to go and look for lost calves. Being a schoolboy and an eager learner he took his books with him, knowing that looking for lost animals could take the whole day. On his way back to the village, too weak to walk any further because of the infection, he went to lie down in the shade of a bush and never woke up again. Some of the elders believed the body should be left for hyenas to finish it off, in the traditional way. Other elders knew that the government requires all dead bodies to be buried. Olesimei’s body was buried together with his schoolbooks. The shallow grave was covered with thorn branches to prevent wild animals from digging the body up.


A Maasai man by the name of Oltimpao Ole Mingati recently walked 25 kilometres from his village to the camp to get help for his sister Nkima. She was seven months pregnant and having labour problems. He asked a staff member to take her to the health centre in Entasikera. With no roads to his village, it took the whole day to drive out there to fetch her and then on to Entasikera. Nkima lost the baby.


A man recently left his wife and two-year-old daughter, taking his herd with him. They were left with only maize to eat, and the daughter soon became malnourished. The clinic gave her protein supplements and explained how growing beans could prevent malnutrition. The little girl is now healthy again.