An author from Kenya
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Dr. Anne Spoerry, or Mama Daktari as she is fondly remembered, was born on 13th May 1918 in Cannes. In 1939, she joined the French Resistance and was later imprisoned in Ravensbruck's concentration camp for women.
After her release, she gained her Diploma in Tropical Medicine in Basel, Switzerland. In 1948 she sailed for Aden. After working there for the Ministry of Health, she visited Ethiopia and then Kenya. In 1950, she decided to stay there and began working as a bush doctor.
It was there that she learned to fly and both aviation and medicine became intertwined during the course of her career.
Having initially worked with the African Medical and Research Foundation as a volunteer, in 1964 she became a member of staff. As well as using her flying skills in taking medicine to the North of Kenya, she was in charge of the Mobile Medical Unit that was working in Kajiado District. Anne Spoerry passed away in 1999. (Adapted from http://www.amref.org/index.asp?PageID=137)
On m'appelle Mama Daktari. Paris: Jean-Claude Lattès, 1994. (244p.). ISBN 2 7096 0947 9. Autobiography.
The University of Western Australia/French
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