David grew up in one of Nairobi’s largest and poorest slums, Korogocho, where medical care was unavailable. These circumstances challenged and motivated him to work hard in school, so that he would be able to make a difference for the poor in Korogocho by one day helping to provide quality, accessible and affordable health care.
He earned such good grades that he was admitted to the University of Nairobi to study Dentistry. During his university career, David also carried out his PATHWAYS project which involved a tutoring program for young children and a women’s self help group. A total of 146 students received tutoring and in 2010 15/23 passed their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations, a large improvement from previous years. Proceeds accrued from the women’s group activities are used to sustain the tutoring project as well as providing the women with a source of livelihood.
David had another opportunity to hone his leadership skills during his university tenure by serving as chairman of the Nairobi University Dental Students Association.
Next up for David is interning at Kenyatta National Hospital starting in April, 2011. David has already started paying it forward by offering free dental services to those who cannot afford to pay. We thank Dr. Ray Schinazi for sponsoring David.