African Mission Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the reach and quality of healthcare in Africa.
AMHF operates in 9 African countries. It supported care for over 80,000 people across the continent in 2012 alone. Treatments funded through AMHF are provided at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania, and MSM Medical Center in Ethiopia.
AMHF’s work has been noted for being rooted in values of sustainability, efficiency, accountability, and commitment to the poor. More information about AMHF can be found on its website.
Kansiime is a 28-year-old mother of two daughters. She and her husband are both farmers. They cultivate food both for home consumption and for sale. Kansiime is expecting another child. During her first pregnancy, she was diagnosed with a narrow pelvis and birth canal. She must undergo a C-section to deliver. Fortunately, Kansiime has been referred to our medical partner's care center. Her delivery date is expected on January 12, and she will undergo a C-section. Now, she needs help raising $280 to pay for the procedure.
Bariki is a student from Tanzania. He recently excelled in his primary school education and is looking forward to starting his secondary school this year. Bariki has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inwards so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot walk for long distances without pain. This affects his school attendance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Bariki. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Bariki's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Bariki says, “I just want to be able to play football, run, and play with friends without being in pain.”
Turyashangwa is a farmer from Uganda. He is a father of one. His son is self-employed and has two children. Turyashangwa cultivates food for home consumption and for sale in order to sustain himself. For 15 years, Turyashangwa has had a bilateral reduced inguinal hernia. The condition causes him pain and discomfort. If not treated, he may suffer hernia twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on January 17, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Turyashangwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. He says, "I have spent many years with hernia. I am unable to pay for my treatment. I need help."
Byabanyagi is a 73-year-old woman and a mother of four children. She is a farmer, though she has not been able to work in recent months. She is cared for by her grandchildren. Six years ago, Byabanyagi started to experience lower abdominal pain. About one year ago, her gynecological symptoms became more troubling. She never received any treatment because she could not afford to do so. Finally, she decided to visit our medical partner's care center. Byabanyagi has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She will undergo a repair surgery on January 16. Now, she needs help raising $287 to pay for this procedure. She says, "After surgery I will have peace of mind and walk freely without any discomfort.’’
Shany is a baby from Tanzania. She is cute and sweet. Shany’s father is a car mechanic, and her mother takes care of the family. The family lives in a rented house in Eastern region of Tanzania. Shany was born with a mild hemangioma on her face, and the condition continues to grow as Shany grows. If not treated, Shany may experience pain, and the hemangioma may worsen. Shany's family traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 17, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Shany's family needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Shany’s mother says, “I thank God and all who contributed to Shany’s treatment. I promise that when Shany gets treated, she will attend school when she grows up."
Tushemerirwe is a woman from Uganda. She is married and a mother of four. She and her husband are farmers. For three years, Tushemerirwe has had an epigastric hernia. The hernia causes her pain, especially after meals. If not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on January 16, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tushemerirwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Tushemerirwe says, “I will continue with farming after surgery for the care of my children.”
Atwendeza is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with four children. Her husband works on construction sites in order to provide for their family. Five years ago, Atwendeza began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck disfigurement, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Atwendeza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 16 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Atwendeza says, “I hope to continue with cultivation after surgery.”
Talaa is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of 11. She lost her husband in 2005 due to hypertension. Talaa lives with her grandchildren. She is a happy grandmother and spends her time in the evenings educating her grandchildren. She takes care of her goats and cultivates a small piece of millet farm to keep herself busy. Talaa fell last week while she was taking care of her goats. She landed on a stone and fractured her hip. Talaa is in a lot of pain, and she cannot stand or walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 16, Talaa will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will help her live without pain, walk, and stand. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. “My mum has a lot of pain, she cannot stand nor even sit comfortably. You can see that she is stressed," says her son.
Sabri is a student from Tanzania. He is currently in grade three of his secondary school education. Sabri loves school and performs well. Sabri’s father is a judiciary court clerk, and his mother is a housewife. They have eight kids, five of whom are still in school Sabri has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Sabri traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Sabri's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will walk well and will no longer be in pain when walking. Sabri says, “I cannot play football and my leg hurts when I walk. I am happy that I will be able to walk well and without pain. Thank you so much.”
Kelvin is a child from Tanzania. He loves playing football with his friends. Kelvin has started his primary school education, and he is currently in grade one. His mother says that he loves going to school. Kelvin’s mother sells vegetables in the market, and his father is a businessman. Kelvin has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Kelvin traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Kelvin's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain. Kelvin’s mother says, “I never expected my son to get this treatment, I am very happy. I cannot wait to see him walking and playing football without having difficulty to walk and run.”
Alex is an infant from Kenya. He was born three days ago after a prolonged labor. Alex’s mother is a stay-at-home mom, while his father is employed at a construction site. Alex was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Alex is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Alex's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 17. This procedure will hopefully spare Alex from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. "I hope all goes well with my son," shares Alex’s mother.
Ziryaharugo is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married and has many children. For two years, Ziryaharugo has had a right subcoastal incisional hernia. If not treated, Ziryaharugo may suffer hernia twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on January 16, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Ziryaharugo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ziryaharugo says, “I will resume cultivation after surgery.”