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The Kirker African Medical Relief Association (KAMRA) is a charitable organization based in Columbia, SC, dedicated to improving the quality of life in Africa through good health and education.  KAMRA is currently working in The Republic of Niger, listed in recent United Nations statistics as one of the poorest nations in the world. 


William O. (Bill) Kirker, MD and his wife Barbara founded KAMRA in 2007 just prior to their returning to Niger.  They were asked to return there by the then President of Niger, the honorable Mamadou Tandja.  He asked them to expand, improve and vitalize a new hospital, recently built, which was a successor to the one they had started in his country as Peace Corps volunteers back in the 1960s and 70s. 


KAMRA is a legal 501 (c) 3 American charitable organization. It is  composed of concerned American and African individuals who are involved with improving the living standards of African people.  Contributions given to KAMRA by sympathetic American Citizens are fully deductible on their federal, state and local income tax forms.

Dr. William Kirker & Wife Barbara,

Founders of KAMRA


Honarary Co Presidents:  

  • H.E President Tandja Mamadou              

  • H.E President Ali Saibou


Founding Members:

  • William O. Kirker, M.D.

  • Barbara Jean A. Kirker


President & Chairman (CEO):

  • Vincent J. Farley, U.S. State Dept., Retired


Vice President for Development:

  • Abdou Gagara Katiella, MPH


Vice President for Middle Eastern Affairs:

  • Abdallah Ibrahim, M. Litt (Arabic)


Secreatary/Treasurer (CFO):

  • Andrew C. Todd



  • William M.M. Reynolds III,



Advisory Board:



  • William O. Kirker, M.D.

  • Barbara Jean A. Kirker


General Members:

  • Clyde H. Dornbusch, Ph.D.

  • Joan F. Dornbusch, MA

  • John B. Dosier, Ph.D.

  • P. Cameron Kirker, M.Div.

  • William O. Kirker, Jr.

  • Loren M.K. Nelson, M.D.

  • Nelson Loren III., M.Div

  • Joan V. Saccardi, Ed.D.

Dr. William Kirker being decorated by His Execellency Mamadou Tandja, President of Niger, in December 2008

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