Cargo Human Care e.V. (CHC) set a new medical care record last year: local nurses in Kenya and German doctors treated patients around 22,500 times for the humanitarian and medical aid project in 2014. Around 6,500 patients received treatment from German medical volunteers in six disciplines at the Cargo Human Care Medical Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Lufthansa Cargo supported their work both financially and logistically. Staff members of the cargo airline had founded Cargo Human Care e.V. in 2007.
“With our free medical aid we ensure that the poorest of the population have access to medical care in the region around Nairobi”, explains Fokko Doyen, Lufthansa Cargo fleet MD-11F commander and chairman of CHC. “Last year, Cargo Human Care was able to extend the range of its treatments once again – also thanks to generous donations.” 2014 saw the introduction of cancer screening for women, and plastic surgery is now also available together with German specialists and the local hospital. Moreover, a cooperation was established with an eye clinic for the treatment of cataracts.
In addition to medical treatment, the second major project of CHC is the Mothers’ Mercy Home in Nairobi, which offers more than 115 orphans a home and a future. A new youth centre is to be built with the help of a donation campaign by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, scheduled to continue until March 2015.