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With the help of Drying Little Tears the nomadic tribe of the Turkana can now rely on medical care.

The Turkana Desert in northwest Kenya, on the border with Ethiopia. This is where the poorest of the poor in the country live. The nearly one million members of the Turkana nomadic tribe lacking everything.

There is hardly any water, a poor power supply and no education, but what hits people the hardest is the totally inadequate medical care!

For almost 40 years, the Catholic Order of St. Paul the Apostle has worked to improve the living conditions of children in the region.

In recent years, the members of the Order managed to set up a first aid unit and to start a training program for Kenyan nurses. Due to the large number of young patients, however, the capacity of these first responders very quickly reached its limits. There was also a termite plague that brought operations at the facility virtually to a standstill. Many minor operations had to be performed outdoors and in straw huts. In short: The conditions on site were becoming increasingly intolerable.

A mobile clinic was set up that travels to 24 locations in the Turkana region every month to provide the necessary basic medical care to the largest possible group of people. A Herculean task, given the almost one million inhabitants of the region and the area to be covered of 11,000 square kilometres.

Finally, the Order of St. Paul the Apostle turned in its plight to the Regine Sixt Children‘s Aid Foundation with a request for assistance in renovating and expanding the facility. After a thorough examination of the request, the Executive Board decided to support medical care for children in the Turkana region earlier this year.

Thanks to the support of “Drying Little Tears”, construction work on a static infirmary at the Nariokotome mission can start this year. The newly-built infirmary will include an urgently needed delivery room, but also a room for ultrasound examinations, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a special treatment room for HIV patients and a training area for nurses.