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.
Alice is a five-month-old girl from Kenya who lives with her parents and two older siblings in Kenya's Central Region. Her mother works at home, and her father is a cleaner at a local company. When Alice was three months old, her mother noticed that her head was growing more rapidly than the rest of her body. When taken to the hospital, Alice was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of Alice's operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 21 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails installing a shunt in Alice's brain that will drain the excess fluid. If not treated, Alice is at risk of severe developmental delays, loss of sight, and potentially even death. The little my husband gets is not enough for our basic needs, leave alone cater for her surgical care. Please help us," Alice's mother says.
Mohamed is a one-week-old baby from Kenya. Mohamed's mother tends to the house while Mohamed's father takes up work on farms whenever he can. Mohamed was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, which is a condition that prevents her spinal cord from developing properly. Because of her condition, Mohamed is currently at risk of infection, malformation of the spinal cord, loss of muscular function in her lower limbs, and trauma. Immediate surgery was recommended in order to give Mohamed the best chance at evading these negative effects. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,097 to fund the spina bifida closure surgery that Mohamed needs. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Mohamed to continue along a healthy developmental trajectory. Mohamed's mother says, “It was the most unexpected news we ever thought we could receive but we have peace now that there is treatment."
Tusingwire is a 10-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the oldest of three children. When Tusingwire was an infant, his mother noticed a small swelling on his scrotum, which was later diagnosed as a hernia. This swelling grew over time and Tusingwire began experiencing severe pain, night fevers and appetite loss. The discomfort is now so extreme that he often skips school. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Tusingwire is now scheduled to receive hernia repair surgery on June 21. He is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Tusingwire's mother is thankful that her son will get the treatment he needs to be healthy and continue his education.
Kabera is a 58-year-old married father of five from Uganda. Kabera developed a swelling in his groin about two years ago. Over time, the swelling began to grow and become painful. He visited a nearby clinic and was given painkillers, but after they didn't improve his condition, he sought treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Kabera's swelling was diagnosed as a hernia, and he was recommended to undergo surgery to alleviate his pain. If not treated, Kabera may suffer intestinal tissue damage. He is now scheduled to have hernia repair surgery on June 21, and is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “After surgery I will continue with farming, it’s my only source of income," Kabera says.
Kabasinguzi is a 34-year-old woman from Uganda. She owns her own shop and takes care of her aging father and step mother in her free time. Last year, Kabasinguzi began experiencing pain and swelling in her lower abdomen. When the swelling began protruding though her clothes, she became concerned and went to see a doctor. The doctor diagnosed her with an epigastric hernia and advised Kabasinguzi to have hernia repair surgery. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Kabasinguzi is scheduled to receive hernia repair surgery on June 21. She is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Kabasinguzi is thankful for all of the support. She looks forward to having peace of mind with her health following the surgery.
Samuel is a smart two-year-old from Kenya with a good-natured, goofy laugh. At birth, Samuel was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which the testes have not descended into the scrotum. His mother has been monitoring his condition for a long time, however improvement has not been noted. Without treatment, Samuel is left at risk of developing an inguinal hernia or testicular cancer. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $542 to fund a double orchidopexy for Samuel, a surgical procedure that will move his undescended testes into the scrotum. Samuel's mother, a single mother who does laundry in the neighborhood to provide for her son, will subsidize $42 of the treatment with the money that she has raised. Samuel's surgery is scheduled to take place on June 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Samuel to live free from the medical complications that he is currently at risk of developing. “Kindly help my son get treated,” says Samuel's mother.
Nylah is a newborn from Kenya who was born with a condition known as spina bifida. Spina bifida results from an incomplete formation of the spinal cord, and the condition has caused Nylah to experience weakness in her lower limbs, develop an irritable nature, and lack the ability to feed properly. Because of her condition, Nylah is at risk of developing a tethered spinal cord, a hunched back, lower limb paralysis, and infections of the exposed nerves and tissues. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund spinal surgery for Nylah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 23 and, once the gap in Nylah's spinal cord is closed, will hopefully allow Nylah to proceed along a healthy developmental trajectory. Nylah's mother says, “We are certain that Nylah will get well and whatever treatment that she receives will be of help to her well-being."
Joseph is a 14-month-old baby who lives with his parents in Kenya. His mother is a subsistence farmer, and his father is a motorbike taxi driver. At birth, Joseph was diagnosed with spina bifida, which has led to the development of hydrocephalus. Spina bifida refers to an incomplete closure of the spinal cord, which puts Joseph at risk of infection of exposed nervous tissue, a tethered spinal cord, loss of muscular function in his lower limbs, and intensification of his hydrocephalus, which is a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund spina bifida closure surgery for Joseph, which is scheduled to take place on June 21. A local NGO, APDK, is subsidizing $206 of Joseph's treatment. Joseph's mother says, “I am devastated. I wake up every morning to the painful reminder that this isn’t a dream. I go to bed every night hopeless, exhausted from worry and despair. My one lingering thought is, 'Why my baby?'”
Kasangaki is a 51-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has seven children. He and his wife both eat and sell the food that they grow on their farm. In 2015, Kasangaki began to notice a swelling on the right side of his lower abdomen. He was then referred to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may obstruct blood flow to the intestines, potentially causing severe tissue damage. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to cover the cost of Kasangaki's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Kasangaki to live more comfortably again. “After surgery I will have peace of mind and resume farming," says Kasangaki.
Karungi is a 23-year-old married woman from Uganda who is a mother of one two-year-old boy. She and her husband are both farmers, cultivating food for home consumption and for sale. In January, Karungi noticed a swelling on her stomach but did not pay much attention to it, as it did not cause her any pain. In May, however, Karungi began experiencing pain every time that she ate and whenever she carried something heavy. A scan conducted by a nearby hospital confirmed a hernia in the upper central region of her abdomen. Our medical partner is requesting $249 to cover the cost of Karungi's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Karungi to live more comfortably again. “After surgery I will continue with farming so that I can provide my family with food," says Karungi.
Irumba is a 61-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has six daughters and four sons. Irumba and his wife are both farmers, cultivating food for home consumption and for sale. For the past three months, Irumba has been experiencing a swelling of his left scrotum associated with back pain and an inability to stand for a long time. Irumba was previously treated for a left inguinal hernia and right hydrocele. He recovered well from those surgeries and now requires treatment for a left hydrocele. If his condition is not addressed, the swelling may continue to grow, causing pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund surgery for Irumba. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Irumba to have peace of mind and live comfortably again. “After surgery I will continue farming,” says Irumba.
Namukasa is a 45-year-old mother of four from Uganda. She and her husband both work as small-scale farmers. Namukasa has been experiencing prolonged menstrual periods for about five years, which have come to cause her great discomfort. She was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and a total abdominal hysterectomy was recommended. Without treatment, Namukasa's heavy bleeding will continue, potentially resulting in anemia and intensification of her current pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to cover the cost of Namukasa's hysterectomy. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Namukasa to live more comfortably again. "I hope to have good comfort and start cultivation after gaining the strength," says Namukasa.