Sister Patricia Patton, from Tarrytown, NY, recently returned to North America after 52 years of healing presence in Africa, 42 among the Maasai people of Kenya. A nurse-midwife, she served as administrator of Loitokitok Hospital at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Then Sister Pat started a community-based health care program for the Maasai people that included simple but very effective health education in the village bomas. In recent years she journeyed with the members of FRIFAT–Friends Fighting AIDS Together–a support group of HIV-positive persons who help each other to live full, happy and productive lives.
Above photograph: The women of Loitokitok dressed Sister Pat in traditional Maasai attire for her Kenyan farewell party.