Although everywhere in Kenya the presentations of elections’ candidates are running nowadays, one event wasn’t connected with Kenyan politics last weekend. The opening ceremony of new hospital’s kitchen (financed by Dr. Therese Schwarzenberg) took place at Kwale district hospital in Kwale.
Few hundreds of people (mostly hospital’s staff with families, patients and local authorities) met last Saturday at Kwale district hospital. The reason was – to attend the opening ceremony of new kitchen and thank to Dr. Therese Schwarzenberg for her support and big heart.
The adaptation of the hospital to Western standards
Few years ago Princess Dr. Therese Schwarzenberg decided to improve and adapt the run-down Kwale district hospital. The Hospital could not stand up to the medical requirements and needs of this big coastal region. So this Austrian doctor with her friends began to plan the adaptation of the hospital to Western European standards. They established the Kwale Hospital Foundation Austria and started cooperation with management of hospital in Kwale. In past Dr. Schwarzenberg built the operation theater, wards, water supply and laboratory. She has been always listening to the needs and suggestions of local people, because this is how development cooperation should look like.
Opening ceremony and future plans
Last Saturday the ceremony started with prayer, inspiring cultural programme (Mwamlole band and two Kayamba groups) and few very interesting speeches of hospital representatives (previous District Medical Officer of Health Dr. Fatima Haji and current DMOH Dr. Kevin Kinyua), local authorities (Kwale County Commissioner Mr. Evans Achoki) and of course: Dr. Therese Schwarzenberg. She received inspiring feedback from all people during that event and said: “It is obvious that illness will disappear earlier when the patient is feeding properly. So this new hospital’s kitchen could be helpful for faster healing of people in Kwale. Thanks for your active participation and trust in our future projects.”
Honoured guests cut of the tape and the exploring the kitchen’s interior as well as serving the lunch could start. During the ceremony Dr. Therese also met in Kwale hospital and talked about future cooperation with Slovak junior experts from Trnava university who are coordinating there the nutrition center with specialized library and who are training there local community health workers (as a part of project focused on health care of malnourished kids under the age of five and their mothers). She would like to build also X-ray station, laundry, storage facilities for Kwale district hospital in future. We wish they were more illuminated philanthropists in the world like her.
Writen by: Dr. Bozena Baluchova (development worker of Trnava university in Kwale, Kenya)