Leave No Medic Behind Initiative Charity Run
is a fundraising project by the Association of Medical Students of the
University of Nairobi (AMSUN) to meet the financial needs of
underprivileged students in the School of Medicine. It began in 2017
when the then 5th year medical school class had a classmate who was
almost denied to sit for their end of year exams because of a fees
balance of less than sh 20,000. His classmates rallied together, each
giving what they could and with that the student was able to sit for
his exams and hence Leave No Medic Behind (LNMB) was born. Initially,
LNMB primarily did student-centered fund raising using the harambee
model however in 2022, there emerged the idea to organise for a
charity run. The inaugural 2022 charity run was a huge success with
over 650 t-shirts being sold and about 550 attendees coming for the
run. The 2nd annual LNMB charity run will take place on 29th April
2023 and it is definitely going to be bigger and better.
Do join us in this
noble venture to make sure that no medic is left behind.
Professor Hassan Saidi was a surgeon and the chairman of the Department of Human Anatomy at the University
of Nairobi. He was born on August 3, 1965, in Nairobi, Kenya, and died of cancer on August 29, 2017, at the
age of 52. His friends and colleagues describe him as a person who was always striving for excellence in
whatever he set his hands to. As Daniel Ojuka, a lecturer in the Department of Surgery at the University of
Nairobi, described him, he was interested in developing people and positively impacting them. His students
described him as a dedicated leader who is always willing to lend a helping hand. "He basically treated them
like his own children," said Nelly Bosire, an obstetrician-gynecologist who met Hassan while interning at
Kenyatta National Hospital. "He interacted with them and was delighted to open his door and welcome them
Furthermore, his students stated that he stressed the responsibilities that came with their education. "You
could go to him with an idea and he asked you, 'What are you looking at achieving with it? "How will it
benefit the institution or the hospital?" said Benjamin Wabwire, a surgeon who worked with Hassan during one
of his clinical rotations. "He'd tell you not to do things just because they're required; you have to do
them for a reason," he adds. Apart from these, Hassan was able to devote time to assisting parents in the
Kibera slum, where he grew up, in finding educational opportunities for their children and even developing
projects to improve sanitation in the community.
We have lost a beacon of hope to our community. The late Amayo Mordecai was a finalist MBChB student, and a
1st Class Honors graduate from the BSc. Medical Physiology programme from the faculty of health sciences.
He utilised his gifts and talents to benefit us all. He was a good man with a caring heart, and he dedicated
much of his time and efforts in tutoring hundreds of fellow medical students in Physiology over the years.
He cared deeply about improving healthcare in our nation, and he spearheaded numerous projects aimed at
developing digital solutions for patient record keeping, for diagnosing diseases through imaging, and for
analysing trends in patient data to draw useful inferences for their management and care. But he did neither
of this alone, and he has mentored multiple students and engaged with multiple lecturers and professors from
our institution to actualize this dream; his loss is a blow to us all.
These are some of the individuals working in various capacities, with their teams, towards the success of
the run. Get to know and reach them through their social media.