The problem/ Need statement
Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya with a population of close to 3 million and has only one large government hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital. It is important to note that less than 15% of the population has employer sponsored health insurance or can afford to pay for private insurance.
There is no Emtala in Kenya, the law that ensures all ER’s must treat and stabilize a patient before the patient can be transferred to another hospital, whether they have insurance or money in this case or not. So it doesn’t matter if you are unconscious or bleeding to death, private hospitals will not accept a patient for admission, if they cannot cough out some deposit money. So everyone who is poor, or has no insurance, essentially ends up at Kenyatta, which serves all government hospital from all over Kenya. Kenyatta National Hospital is a 1, 800-bed referral and tertiary-care hospital which is also the Nairobi’s medical teaching hospital. The ICU has 31 beds. Can you believe that? 31 beds for a population of 3 million. Out of the total bed capacity of 1800, 209 beds are for the Private pay. There have been reports of people dying in the triage area, reports of negligence, and misdiagnosis. I think the staggering lack of resources and overcrowding makes it overwhelming for the medical staff to meet the demands of the sick. He told us of the staggering lack of resources.
So what can we do? We are organize medical missions to have our fellow nurses and doctors join us for 5-7 days to the Eluanata village in Kenya. It is an experience I am looking forward to, one that I know I will never forget. Please volunteer to travel to Kenya with us. There is also an optional trip to go on safari and see the wildlife of Kenya. Click here for more information.
We now have a clinic in our village thank God and Kindness Mission partners and friends. The county government of Kajiado was inspired by our work and they came onboard with our village. The clinic is complete with one Doctor’s sleeping house.
They Are In Dire Need Of Healthcare
Kindness Mission Services is designed to help alleviate the health status of the Maasai community. The Clinic that the mission run in the remote villages of Maasai land bring closer to the Maasai people essential health services and reduce health risks and loss of life as a result of lack of medical facilities in these villages.
Due to this fact and coupled with poor infrastructure scores of patients die on the way to hospital and many expectant mothers deliver on their way to maternity wards that are far away. The more we support Eluanata village clinic in the rural part of maasailand child mortality rate is reduced to negligible level due to provision of this service closer to the people. Loss of life due to snake bites, lack of drugs, distance to health facilities are reduced to a minimum.
As stated above in many remote areas of the Maasailand, Medical care is a scarce and inhabitants are forced to walk long distances to get any kind of basic medical treatment. Mortality and mobidity rates are high most resulting from preventable illnesses. The goal of Kindness Mission services is to bring service provision closer to the maasai people and combine it with community education, thus preventing mortality through knowledge, community development, skill building and increased medical care access.
Considering the remoteness and lack of medical facilities in the area, it is difficult to provide accurate data on health problems in Eluanata community. However, what is clear is that there are common illnesses such as:
- Malnutrition in children
- Eye, skin and scalp infections
- Anemia in women (possibly due to malnutrition)
- Upper respiratory infections
- Typhoid fever
- Complications and death in women from childbirth, (possibly due to lack of adequate obstetric services)
- Remote cases of tuberculosis, brucellosis, and HIV/Aids
Villagers wait for long hours to be seen by Dr. Allen. The one and only Dr. in the village
Factors Influencing Health issues in Illuanat Community.
- Limited food supplies especially during drought
- Livestock living with people attract disease-carrying fleas, ticks, and flies
- Villagers wait for long hours to be seen by Dr. Kimoson. The one and only Dr. in the village
The clinic has managed to tackle the following services.
- Treating common diseases including fever, malaria, joint pain, anemia, worm disease, eye, skin and scalp infections, respiratory disease
- Introduced a well-balanced nutritional program for mothers and children with vitamin, protein and other nutritional deficiencies (this program is being implemented in partnership with Concern International)
- Transportation for serious and emergency cases to the nearest hospitals
- The clinics have organized periodical and special visits for services such as pediatric, eye testing, and dental hygiene.
- Provided regular health education through seminars
- Brought immunization program for cholera, hepatitis, tetanus, Typhoid and yellow fever.
- Expanded examination and vaccination program for children and their mothers
- Worked in partnership with traditional midwives to ensure smooth baby deliveries and in-patient services and care for new mothers.
- Trained several community health workers
What can your kind donations do?
- $1000 - funds all medication for the clinic for one month, - taking care of approximately 1500 people
- $500.00 - funds Malaria medication for 70 people for (1 village) for 1 week. Often small children get Malaria up to 3 times a year.
- $100 - funds the cost of surgery, dressings, and antibiotics for people mauled by lions and leopards
- $25.00 funds treatment for typhoid and brucellosis for injections and pain killers
- $25.00 – funds cost of delivery and medication and all follow up care to have a baby. To be a part of this clinic and share your heart click here