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Posted on: 16.02.12

Helping in Africa

John on a previous visit

Pregnant women in CHFT gowns

A hospital worker is heading back to Africa to help a colony of albino people in Tanzania.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary estates manager John Ennis, from Outlane, is making his third journey to help improve healthcare there this summer. Previously he has helped in schools and at a maternity hospital where mums-to-be are now wearing a consignment of old and no longer used gowns from the Trust. (pictured)

This time, John and his colleagues at Rotary International in Huddersfield,  are heading to an albino colony of 60 people including  whole families and children close to the hospital unit on the island of Ukerewe.

They are looking for donations of tools, sewing machines, suncreams, wide brimmed hats and sun glasses to help the people out there. The container leaves in April and will be there when the volunteers arrive in July to distribute the donations.

John said: “The colony is reasonably well-integrated into the community yet we also want to help them to be self-sufficient and also to improve their health. With no skin pigment there is a high incidence of skin cancer and eye problems in the colony. “

We are also hoping to build and install toilet facilities in one of the local schools and continue our good work in the hospital.

Of his third visit, John said: “They say once you have been you have to go back and that is the case.  Following last year’s visit we have been told mortality rates for pregnant women have fallen dramatically. It is a tremendous team effort with fantastic support from people here in the UK which is making such a difference.”

If you wish to make a donation contact John on email at: john.ennis356@btinternet.com

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