Where We Started
Inter Care was established in 1974 by two Leicester based GPs, Drs. David Rosenberg and Patricia O’Keefe.
During his many visits to Africa in the early 1970s, Dr. Rosenberg realised that there were thousands of African Catholic Sisters, in African Congregations, who as trained nurses were running hundreds of small medical units out in the ‘bush’ where they were most needed. They were, of course, desperately short of resources. Dr Rosenberg and Dr O’Keefe decided to channel supplies of medical aid, including samples of medicines from medical reps, medical equipment and educational materials, through the Sisters, as a way of maximising the aid reaching those most in need as well as minimising the possibility of corrupt use of the supplies.
The close relationship with these African Congregations is integral to the way Inter Care works. However, the charity’s help is not restricted to Catholic units. Inter Care supplies are now sent to around 130 health units, some run by Anglicans, some by Evangelicals and some by Muslims. The name they give to their faith is not what matters, instead what’s important is that the units are run by indigenous staff, are faith-based and have integrity. One of our guiding principles is that any aid we send is matched to the local health care needs identified by the medical staff at each health unit we support. These units are located in very poor, mostly rural areas and provide healthcare to those who would otherwise not have access to free, quality healthcare.
You can find out more about Inter Care in our Annual Reports and Inter Care Visit Reports.