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U of L Med School Students Going To Kenya

By Rick HowlettA group of University of Louisville medical school students will take part in a mission to Kenya later this summer.Second year medical student Matt Love (pictured with, from left, fellow team members Jessica Drews and Amanda Jo Lott) says the 11 participants will leave for Africa July 20 and return in early August. "We're going to be all over the place, we're going to be in orphanages, doing vaccinations to children there," Love said. "We're going to be doing full physicals on the children in these orphanages. There are several orphanages that will open when we will be over there. So that's part of the duties, we're going to be in clinics and hospitals, a lot of different things while we're over there."Love says one of the leading causes of death among Kenyans under age five is preventable diarrhea, measles and malaria.The group will also bring along a load of medical supplies donated by the U of L Hospital.The trip is being organized by the Kansas-based Mercy and Truth Medical Missions.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.