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Waterloo Regional Campus medical students in Matangwe, Kenya 

Caring Partners Global partnership with the Waterloo Regional Campus

The partnership between the Waterloo Regional Campus and Caring Partners Global began in 2014, with the inaugural trip to Matangwe, Kenya by four WRC Class of 2016 students in the summer of 2014.

The Matangwe Clinic was founded by Sylvia Scott and her husband, Stephen, in 1994 on a visit home to Kenya. Based in the Waterloo Region, the Scotts raised enough funds to build a primary health care clinic in Matangwe, which has since expanded into a comprehensive program of sustainable healthcare, education, life skills and agricultural initiatives. Because of her history, knowledge, and experience, Sylvia was invaluable in helping create a well-rounded experience for our students and the needs of the community. The clinic achieved accreditation status from the Kenyan Ministry of Health in 2010, upgrading it to hospital status.

Local emergency physician, Dr. Mike Sehl, initiated the project and was a key player in establishing this partnership.

After an initial trip to Matangwe with Sylvia, Dr. Sehl reached out to ER colleague and WRC faculty member, Dr. Indy Saluja with an interest in getting the medical school involved with CPG. After his own trip to Matangwe, Dr. Saluja understood the importance of this project and recruited another ER physician and WRC faculty Dr. Brian Bell. This summer Dr. Bell led the first team on the inaugural trip to Kenya and the students spent a life-changing 4 weeks at the Matangwe Clinic during their post-MF4 elective block.

The main objective is for learners with no experience in global health to understand if and how global health will become a part of their future career. Common conditions include HIV/AIDS (testing, treatment, and education); malaria; pre- and post-natal care; and in and outpatient care.

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