Serving Kenya: A Remote Area Medical Professional’s Story

Smiling man with a backpack standing in front of rural buildings and a blue van.

“At 42, I’ve spent the last 15 years working as a remote area medical professional, mostly in the rural parts of Kenya. I was born and raised in Nairobi, but after completing my medical education in the UK, I felt a strong pull to return home and serve communities with limited access to healthcare. Life here isn’t easy—there are constant challenges, from dealing with outbreaks of diseases to navigating rough terrain to reach patients. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My days are long and unpredictable; sometimes, I work through the night if there’s an emergency. Despite the stress, I find joy in small victories, like seeing a patient recover or a child smile after getting their first vaccination. I live in a modest home, and my neighbors have become like family. Relationships are tough to maintain with this kind of job, but I try to visit my parents in Nairobi whenever I can. I’m a Christian, and my faith keeps me grounded amidst the chaos. I believe in the power of resilience and community, and that’s what drives me every day. My diet is quite varied—I often eat what the locals eat. Ugali with sukuma wiki is a staple for me, and I love it. It’s simple but nutritious, which is exactly what I need. During downtime, I enjoy reading and playing chess with the local kids, which helps me unwind. I’ve faced many hurdles, including a bout with malaria that nearly took me out of commission, but these experiences have only strengthened my resolve. Looking ahead, I hope to establish a small clinic that can operate independently, providing continuous care even when I’m not around. One of my favorite local dishes is Nyama Choma—grilled meat that’s delicious and perfect for sharing during community gatherings.”

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