£1500 raised to support doctors work in Namibia
06 March 2017
Based in rural Namibia, Dr Snape works for the Lifeline Clinic which provides primary healthcare to almost 3,500 patients every year, 40% of whom are children and babies, and more than 90% are San Bushmen.
They also transport and admit patients in urgent need of medical attention to the nearest hospital in Gobabis, 120km away.
Alongside his work at the clinic, Dr Snape has also started a village football team and works closely with local school children, trying to keep school attendance rates as high as possible.
Dr Snape undertakes occasional locum work through Holt Doctors in order to pay for his flights to and from Namibia. Having spoken to Dr Snape about his work for the Lifeline clinic and read his blog, many of the team from our Skipton office wanted to do more for the San community. Through various fundraisers, raffles, collections and a world food day in the office, the team managed to raise a fantastic £1500.
The money will be spent on helping to equip children for secondary school, which includes buying books, school bags, uniform, shoes and stationery. Part of the money will also be used to set up the first San football tournament in the region, and on team kit for the new San netball team.
We also collected shoes, football boots and clothes for the children, who often don’t have shoes and end up needing stitches in their feet regularly.
Dr Snape commented:
“Thank you to all at Holt Doctors. The children will be so pleased to have the school equipment they need to have the best chance to succeed at school. Having Holt Doctors also support the football and netball teams is important in a community living in extreme poverty. It improves community involvement, teaches confidence, teamwork and above all is a fun experience for the villages involved.“
If you would like to read more about Dr Snape’s work in Namibia, you can read his blog here.