Interview by Dr. Claire Novorol
What inspired you to set up the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic?
I went to school with a number of students from Africa and I had always been fascinated by the place. To me, going into the heart of Africa was the ultimate adventure.
I travelled around the Lake Tanganyika area by boat a few years back and while there a typhoon caused the airstrip to be washed away, so we ended up stuck! I traversed the coastline and saw there was a large population living around the shores of the lake, in parts of the Congo, Burundi and Western Tanzania, that was completely cut off from the rest of the world. The road systems were poor and there were major supply chain issues. The only way to reach all of those people was via boat and that’s when I had the idea for the Floating Clinic.