- ISMAT Medical School, Kisumu, Western Kenya -
– ISMAT Medical School, Kisumu, Western Kenya –
ISMAT provides accessible, high quality, professional education to the deserving young, with continued emphasis on the under privileged and vulnerable. This school is one of only a handful nationwide to base admissions solely on merit, utilizing its parent body OGRA to support those in financial need.
In 2008 MASH sponsored the building of 2 new classrooms at ISMAT – the OGRA funded International School of Medicine and Advanced Technology here in Kisumu.
One of the new rooms is used as a standard classroom, while the other is a computer room.
Shortly after the completion of the building, ISMAT applied to the Kenyan Clinical Offices Council (equivalent of UK GMC) to teach a diploma in clinical medicine (a 3 year course producing clinical officers). At the inspection, which involved the Minister of Health, the COC was so impressed with the resource centre that they offered ISMAT a license to teach a full medical programme.
This made ISMAT the fourth medical school in the entire country and the very first in Kisumu!
In 2009 MASH sponsored the shipping of textbooks to ISMAT, with the idea of steadily building a library at the charity medical school. The books were donated by final year medical students and from medical libraries. Fate shone down again, this time the books arriving just in time for the Clinical Offices Council inspection of the ISMAT facilities. A glowing report followed, and Moi University, (the second largest University in Kenya, signed an agreement to allow ISMAT students to sit their exams with their pupils and issue a joint medical degree.
This year, yet again, MASH stepped up to the plate, sponsoring the shipping of textbooks to Kenya, though in much greater numbers than before. A more coordinated effort than last year has seen a far more successful collection. Currently, sat proudly aboard an enormous hunk of floating metal, a small library is steadily making its way across the seas to Kenya. Hoping to avoid all Somali pirates and arrive in time for the new term!
Thanks to the efforts of all at MASH, a charity medical school in Kenya has been furnished with not only a new classroom and computer room – leading to its licensing as a medical teaching facility, but now a new library for its students, lecturers and researchers!
On behalf of the students and staff of ISMAT and OGRA I would like to thank all of you at MASH for your continued support of this great cause.
Dr Timothy Walker