The Medical Centre at Dundori in the Rift Valley region of Kenya near Nakuru started from modest beginnings as a health clinic, but has now grown into a medical centre with overnight accommodation and male and female wards. Originally there were just one or two beds for inpatients, but since then there has been a lot of expansion, rebuilding, redecoration and development in drainage and pipe-borne water.
Initially, Gideon Oyienga was the only medical officer and he was aided by a nurse. The number of staff has now risen to 10 workers including 2 more clinical officers, a lab technician and a dentist. Gideon has always been the medical director overseeing the work, and he conducts operations. Although not a trained medical doctor, he has lots of experience and some medical training. Some years ago he visited the UK to attend a medical course organised by Peter Armon, a former member of DBC and a doctor. He stayed in Woodingdean with the late John Bracey. Illnesses treated include malaria, typhoid, epilepsy, hypertension, child birth problems and dental problems. By January 2012 there was a rise in the number of outpatients treated and a total of 12 inpatients. Serious cases are referred on to the Provincial Hospital in Nakuru. Gideon’s slogan is “We treat but God heals” and each day starts with prayer, praise and Bible study.
A trust has been set up called The Great Commission Trust, Kenya. Pastor Daniel Gitau is the director, and the vision for the various projects around Dundori is his. The trust takes care of the business and financial matters relating to Dundori and the medical centre now has an accountant on its staff. The trust is a charity – a non-profit making organisation. There are also a total of 52 Friends and Supporters of the Great Commission Medical Centre Dundori. Among them is DBC which has helped fund medical work in Dundori for nearly 20 years. Other partners included John Bracey until his death in 2016, and MEDS (Medicines for essential drug supplies). Supporters also include the Brighton Christian running team, the Habakkuk Harriers, led by Roger Sisley.
Until his death in October 2016, John Bracey, a longstanding member of DBC, was a major supporter, encourager and instigator of the clinic for many years. He visited Dundori nearly every year and helped the clinic so much practically. He practically rebuilt it! He regularly took out cash and equipment, sometimes at a danger to himself. He also advised the clinic on setting up a proper accounting system because their accounts were in a dire state. The clinic is always in debt and in trouble with the chemist due to the high cost of drugs and medical bills. This is largely due to the fact that the patients are not always able to pay for their treatment. DBC makes a regular quarterly contribution towards the cost of medicines for the clinic.
There is a growing group of Chrisco churches in the area which Pastor Daniel Gitau has responsibility for – about 10 fellowships including Dundori and Molo. The latest is the ‘Worship Centre’ in central Nakuru. God is working in these lively Pentecostal churches. The projects we as a church want to support are embedded in the church and part of it. Staff members at the clinic come from the churches.
Other projects DBC supports:-
- Molo Feeding and Rehabilitation programme which Leonard Mbae supervises. 2 eco-friendly ovens have been built and also a rural 2-acre plot of land has been bought to be used at first for growing crops.
- Dolphin Academy school – a rural school, which now has had the electricity supply connected and paid for, and a computer installed to help with administration.
- The incinerator project is still ongoing and the clinic now has the document from NEEMA.