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Dr Sonilal Pancham: A stitch in time saves lives


  After retiring from a full-time faculty position at Queen’s University and his practice, Dr Sonilal Ramsumair Pancham joined the Mission for Advancing Theological Education and Friends Committed to Caring (matefcc) and has devoted his time and considerable energies to running medical clinics and sustainable projects for the underprivileged in developing countries.

He also teaches doctors, nurses, midwives and health workers how to better look after their patients in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia and Kenya, etc. 

With medical supplies sourced through donations, the team has helped prevent major outbreaks of waterborne diseases. Other projects include goats for families in Kenya as well as clean drinking water where none is available. 

Through the sewing machine project Dr Pancham started, hundreds of sewing machines have been sent to deserving, underprivileged women to help them break the cycle of poverty. 

“We have helped over 1000 women gain a skill and become independent, but the way I look at it, the ultimate beneficiaries are the children,” says Dr Pancham. 

Posted: Jul 29, 2014

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