MEAK Missions, Maasai Mara & Mombasa (CSR)

 

Started by philanthropist Mike and Dee Belliere, a couple from Surrey, UK, MEAK is run along the simplest protocol of providing health care to the neediest in the society – ranging from open heart surgery to eye care. To date, under MEAK thousands of Kenyans have received open-heart surgery and thousands more treated for eye-conditions ranging from cataracts to trachoma.  MEAK is a UK charity which stands for Medical and Educational Assistance to Kenya.

 

Dr Juma of Talek Health Center and Dee Belliere of MEAK

 

Since 2003, Heritage Hotels has provided accommodation to the many teams of doctors from Kenya and abroad in places where MEAK operates such as the Masai Mara in 2011, Samburu and Mombasa. In May 2013, Mara Intrepids Camp was host to a team of doctors and nurses from Loreto based, Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital to the eye-camp organized by MEAK.

MEAK's Nargis Kasmani

 

For 30 years, Kenya has been the Belliere’s second home. At first, they enjoyed the country as tourists and then realized that one of the biggest challenges in the country was providing health care to the people in far flung areas.

 

With a knack for networking, Dee and Mike (grandparents of six) are the force behind distributing medical and educational aid, free of charge, by UK donors to needy organizations in Kenya. Today, it’s grown to include medical and surgical missions in the fields of paediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, ophthalmology and orthopaedics. To date MEAK has carried out over sixty missions, performing over six thousand surgical procedures.

 

For Dee and Mike, all this is possible with the synergies created with local business partners such as Heritage Hotels, Safarilink Aviation, Air Kenya, tour companies like Pollmans and clinics.

 

 

Facts on the mission:

The Eye Mission has been arranged in conjunction with MEAK, SightFirst Eye Hospital(Loreto), Talek Health Center, Safarilink Aviation, AirKenya and Heritage Hotels (via Mara Intrepids Camp).

 

Mara Intrepids camp provided full board accommodation for the team of doctors, transport for the screening within communities and all the food for the community during the eye mission.

 

The mission was being conducted at Talek Health Center in Maasai Mara, with Dr. Juma coordinating at the facility.

 

Many patients with eye problems were screened and advised on proper eye care. Several procedures were carried out (trachoma, cataracts), as well eye drops provided. A few were cases that could not be operated on at Talek were referred to Nairobi.

 

The Eye Mission has been arranged in conjunction with MEAK, SightFirst Eye Hospital(Loreto), Talek Health Center, Safarilink Aviation, AirKenya and Heritage Hotels (via Mara Intrepids Camp).

 

Mara Intrepids camp provided full board accommodation for the team of doctors, transport for the screening within communities and all the food for the community during the eye mission.

 

The mission was being conducted at Talek Health Center in Maasai Mara, with Dr. Juma coordinating at the facility.

 

Many patients with eye problems were screened and advised on proper eye care. Several procedures were carried out (trachoma, cataracts), as well eye drops provided. A few were cases that could not be operated on at Talek were referred to Nairobi, like this one-and-half year old who had been blind from birth.

 

 

This eye mission followed a successful heart mission in Mombasa at The Mombasa Hospital in January, with Heritage partnering with MEAK by hosting the team of doctors at the Voyager Beach Resort.

 

  • Held between 31st January and 9th February 2013.
  • Approximately 180 children attended the clinics.
  • 20 children received open or closed heart surgery.

 

 

 

From Mike Belliere,
“A 15 year old son of a staff member of The Heritage Group, who give tremendous support to MEAK in Kenya. The father worked as a cook at The Mara Intrepids safari camp and his son had been diagnosed with heart disease locally at his home in Kilgoris. The boy had been told that he must rest and not do anything energetic that could exacerbate his condition His father was told that Heritage staff members could bring any suspected heart case to our clinics so he traveled to Kilgoris from the Masai Mara to collect his son then on a bus to Mombasa returning the same route (a round trip journey of approx 1600 Km ) We were able to tell the lad and his delighted father that his heart was normal and that his breathlessness and ennui were as a result of pneumonia and this was easily cured with the correctly prescribed  antibiotics.

 

The young man was completely ‘chuffed’ that he was now allowed to play football and behave like a normal teenager and the father who must be commended for his love and devotion was equally pleased to hear that his son ‘s life was not in peril.”

 

Today’s lesson in giving: what goes around comes around.

 

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