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.
Fred is a 25-year-old man from Kenya. He has two other brothers, a plumber and a motorcycle operator. His single mother tends to their small farm to earn a living. Fred and his mother live together on their ancestral land. On December 20, Fred fell from a tank from which he was drawing water. He sustained a femur fracture and was rushed to our medical partner's hospital. He underwent an X-ray and is scheduled to undergo an open reduction internal fixation procedure on December 22. Fred's family contributed $260 to his care, but they need help to pay his remaining $1,451 medical bill. “I want to be well," says Fred, "to continue earning a living and probably start my own family."
Esther is a four-month-old girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of seven children. She was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. A month after her birth, Esther’s parents noticed that her head was growing rapidly. During a regular pediatric checkup, her mother was advised to visit a specialist. They traveled to our medical partner's care center in Kenya, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital. There, on December 12, Esther underwent a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from her brain. Esther lives with her parents and siblings in a three-room house in a remote village. Her mother is a housewife, while her father works as a motorbike taxi driver. They cannot afford their daughter's treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 in funding. “I am happy that we landed at Bethany Kids to access care for Esther," says Esther's mother. "I will truly appreciate if Watsi can help."
Eunice is a 66-year-old woman from Kenya. In January, she fell from a moving motorcycle taxi and fractured her left shoulder. She received first aid from a nearby hospital. Later, Eunice was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, for further treatment. She underwent a closed reduction procedure on her dislocated shoulder. Unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful, and Eunice returned complaining of pain. X-ray results revealed that her shoulder was still dislocated. Eunice has been unable to tend to her farm or complete any household chores. Without treatment, she risked continuing pain, a fracture malunion, or disability. Fortunately, on December 16, she underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure to heal her fracture. Eunice and her husband are farmers. Eunice takes care of four of her grandchildren. The family lives in a three-roomed house. They cannot afford healthcare, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 in funding. "I want to get well and resume my duties of providing for my grandchildren," says Eunice.
Shakir is a cute and charming boy who loves people. He enjoys discovering new things and eating sweets and rice. Shakir has been diagnosed with Hirschprung's disease, a condition that affects the large intestine and causes uncomfortable symptoms. He underwent a previous treatment, which only solved the problem temporarily. On December 27, he underwent a corrective surgery at our medical partner's care center. During this surgery, doctors removed the diseased part of Shakir's intestine. Shakir’s mother is a single mother who is unemployed. Her brother supports the family, but he cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 in funding.
23-month-old Supa is the first and only child of her parents. She was born with spina bifida, a condition causing an open mass on the spine. Recently, the mass started to leak, intensifying Supa's risk of infection and spinal damage. Fortunately, she will undergo a spina bifida closure on January 5. Supa’s mother is a laundress, and his father is a construction worker. The family lives in a rental house in the Nairobi suburbs. They need help to fund this $1,097 procedure. Supa's parents are hopeful about this treatment, and they want to see her excel in the future. “I am still nervous," says Supa's mother, "but I am looking forward to her treatment. I will appreciate if we get help, since Supa is very precious to us."
Paul is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has a twin brother. Paul lives with his family in a rental house in Nairobi. Paul was diagnosed with hypospadias, a condition that causes uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Without treatment, Paul risked infertility or social stigma. Fortunately, he visited our medical partner's hospital and underwent a repair surgery on December 28. Paul's parents are unable to pay for his treatment. His mother is a greengrocer, while his father works at a milk bar. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to fund Paul's treatment. "I try to give my children the best," says Paul's mother. "I’ll appreciate any support."
Moses is a father of two children from Kenya. On December 6, he was hit by a motorcycle and fractured his right ankle. Moses was brought to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he had a cast applied. X-ray images revealed an ankle fracture. After the accident, Moses could no longer work. Without treatment, he risked permanent disability, infection, and fracture malunion. Fortunately, on December 22, he underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure. Moses earns his living carrying luggage in a local market. His wife recently delivered their second baby, so she has not been working. The family lives in a one-room house. They need help to fund this $640 procedure. “I would like to return to work to provide for my family who needs my help," says Moses.
David is a 39-year-old man from Kenya. He was in a road accident on December 7, and he sustained tibia and mandible fractures. His tibia fracture was treated in an emergency procedure, but he still needed surgery for his mandible. After the accident, David was unable to work for weeks. Without treatment, he risked complications to his injuries. Fortunately, on December 21, David underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure. David works as a driver, while his wife sells cereals. They have four children, and they live in a rental house. The family needs help to pay for this $640 procedure. “I want to be well to continue providing for my family as before," says David.
Bildad is a 24-year-old man from Kenya. He lives in a rental house with his wife and child. Bildad's younger siblings are in school, and he helps to pay their school fees. He earns a living selling khat plant in his village, while his wife works as a laundress. In early December, Bildad fell from a moving vehicle and fractured his mandible. He was brought to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, to receive first aid and undergo an x-ray. On December 16, he underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure to mend his jaw. This treatment lowered his risk of continuing pain or other complications. Bildad cannot afford healthcare, so he needs our help to fund this $640 treatment. “I want to be well and continue providing for my family," he shares.
Josek is a 17-year-old boy from Kenya. While he was learning to ride a motorcycle, he was hit by another speeding motorcycle. He fractured his jaw and sustained injuries on his face and leg. Josek was rushed to the hospital to receive first aid, after which he was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital. After the accident, Josek was unable to eat or speak comfortably. Without treatment, he risked infection or a fracture malunion. Fortunately, he underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure on December 21. Josek is the youngest in a family of six children. His parents are farmers. The family lives in a house made of mud, and Josek's high school fees are paid through government scholarships. His parents need help to fund this $640 procedure. “I wish to be well to proceed with school," says Josek.
Bagonza is a 34-year-old married father of five children who lives in Uganda. He and his wife are farmers. However, in the past two years, he has been incapable of farming due to pain from an inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. Its presence makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. Bagonza first began experiencing pain and swelling from the hernia ten years ago. He says he lived with this condition for so long because he lacked money for treatment. Due to the pain, he became unable to lift heavy items, dig, or do any straining. His wife was the only one supporting the family, and she did not earn enough money to pay their children's school fees. Bagonza came to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, after encouragement from a friend who knew about Watsi. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a reducible right inguinal hernia and was advised to have surgery. Without treatment, he was at risk of strangulation of the hernia, which might result in loss of life. On November 30, Bagonza underwent hernia repair surgery. During the surgery, the doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. Funding for Bagonza also covers the costs of a three-day hospital stay, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests. After surgery, Bagonza hopes to work hard and put his children back in school.
Kiiza is a 77-year-old man from Uganda. Since retiring from his career as a high school teacher, he enjoys spending his time writing, editing, and translating books in his native language. For the past year, Kiiza has been experiencing pain and swelling from a right reducible inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. Its presence makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. Due to the pain, Kiiza was unable to sit upright. He had a backache and constant headaches. His right leg was partially paralyzed. "I have a lot of pain," shared Kiiza, "but I have faith that I will be well again." When Kiiza was diagnosed with the inguinal hernia last year, he had no means to pay for treatment. Then, he visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, and was advised to have an operation to repair the hernia. On November 30, Kiiza underwent a hernia repair surgery. During the operation, the doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to pay for Kiiza's care. Funding for him also covers the costs of three nights in the hospital, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests. After recovery, Kiiza hopes to continue translating books.