Waterbury, CT to Nanyuki, Kenya: One doctor’s mission to send aid to those in need

Mary Zozulin, M.D. has been an OB-GYN for nearly 30 years, and is currently fundraising to send fetal monitoring devices and labor beds from Waterbury Hospital to a hospital in Nanyuki, Kenya. Here’s what she’s up to.

The labor beds and fetal monitors are all in great condition, but are being replaced as a part of a projected upgrade. Mary Zozulin, M.D. is working carefully with both a Kenyan doctor and also experienced humanitarians in the region.


Extended interview with Mary Zozulin, M.D.:



#1: Zozulin, Mary. In-person interview. 5 Jan. 2019.

#2: Friends Of Foya Borma Hospital – Non-profit Organization, http://www.friendsoffoyabormahospital.org. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

#3: Maps.app, Apple, Accessed 26 Dec. 2018.  I used screenshots from Apple’s Map application.

#4: Photographs labeled as such are from the personal files of and provided by Mary Zozulin.

#5: “Why “Buy One, Give One” Companies Don’t Help Anyone.” YouTube, Adam Ruins Everything, 25 Sept. 2015, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX0g66MWbrk. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

#6: Cole, Teju. “The White-Savior Industrial Complex.” The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2011, http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-white-savior-industrial-complex/254843/. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

#7: Okoroafor, Cynthia. “This is the problem with the ‘white saviour complex’ in Africa.” Ventures Africa, 2 Mar. 2016, venturesafrica.com/features/this-is-the-problem-with-the-white-saviour-complex-in-africa/. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

#8: Taub, Amanda. “Buying TOMS Shoes is a Terrible Way to Help Poor People.” Vox, 23 July 2015, http://www.vox.com/2015/7/23/9025975/toms-shoes-poverty-giving. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

#9: Griffin-Angus, Mariah. “Why Sending Your Old Clothes to Africa Doesn’t Help.” HuffPost Canada, 25 Aug. 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mariah-griffinangus/africa-charity_b_1623561.html. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

#10: “History and Humanitarianism: A Conversation.” OUP Academic, 27 Sept. 2018, academic.oup.com/past/article/241/1/e1/5108353. Accessed 9 Jan. 2019.

#11: Days for Girls International, http://www.daysforgirls.org. Accessed 9 Jan. 2019.

#12: Kenyan Health Care Initiatives, http://www.khci.org. Accessed 9 Jan. 2019.

#13: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist. 

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