Students Seek to 'Catch Killers in Kenya'
Students in the Health 280 class staged a campaign and fundraiser, "Catch Killers
in Kenya: Employ Azziza!" which raised $610 for the Lamu Center of Preventative Health.
Miaad Abdulrehman '12 and Associate Professor Rebecca Gearhart served Kenyan donuts
and tea to the class, including Sarah Walding '13, Ricky Ames '13 and Hannah Corley
April 23, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The students in the IWU Health 280: Perspectives in International
Health class taught by Laurine Brown, visiting associate professor of environmental
studies and health, have almost completed their campaign and fundraiser "Catch Killers
in Kenya: Employ Aziza!"
The class of 20 has met their goal of raising enough funds to employ for one month,
Aziza, who is the sole health practitioner for the Lamu Center of Preventative Health
(LCPH) in coastal Kenya.
The campaign, which "focused on promoting awareness of the double burden of infectious
and chronic diseases in Kenya," said Brown, "raised money for the LCPH based in Bloomington,
Ill., which is sponsored by IWU alumnus and executive director of the center Munib
Abdulrehman, Class of 2002, his sister senior nursing major Miaad Abdulrehman and
Rebecca Gearhart, chair of sociology and anthropology and associate professor of anthropology
at IWU. "Besides raising money" adds campaign co-leader Hannah Corley, a junior nursing
major, "we wanted to create awareness on campus about the health disparities present
in Lamu, Kenya. Most people are aware of what you might call "the sexy diseases" like
HIV and malaria which are severe and prevalent, but chronic illnesses such as diabetes
and heart disease create strain on communities as well. Aziza focuses on those issues."
Founded in 2007, LCPH is a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to bringing
preventative healthcare to the island community of Lamu (and Kenya at large).
According to the organization's website, LCPH provides affordable preventative healthcare
and treatment. LCPH's primary focus is on screening and education toward the prevention
of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers, which are increasingly
prevalent in Kenya. New directions for the center include an on-site laboratory that
can screen for malaria, typhoid, HIV/AIDs, and other diseases
For additional information, contact Brown at (309) 556-1067.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181