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.
Stanley is a 56-year-old casual laborer from Kenya. He is a loving family man with a wife and three children. On February 4, Stanley was working at a construction site when he fell from a building and sustained an ankle fracture. He was treated with a cast, but it has not proven successful. He has been recommended for open reduction internal fixation surgery, a procedure done to realign a fractured bone. Beginning on February 22, Stanley will receive care at our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $998 to cover the cost of Stanley's surgery and various medications, labs, and supplies. After surgery, Stanley is looking forward to going back to work so he can support his family!
Kalkidan is a ten-year-old girl from Ethiopia. She has one older brother and wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Her favorite food is spaghetti. Kalkidan was born with birth defect called anorectal malformation that causes bowel dysfunction. Her mother, who single-handedly supports the family as a laborer, took Kalkidan to several different hospitals when she was a baby. She learned she would need to bring her daughter to a government hospital in Addis Abada to receive treatment, but she could not afford to do so. Ten years later, Kalkidan is still living with this condition, and her family still cannot afford the corrective operation. In January, she developed a bowel obstruction and had an emergency colostomy. “Because I couldn’t afford the transportation cost to come to Addis Ababa nine years ago, she is still suffering," Kalkidan's mother says. "I still can’t afford the medical bill and that frustrates me a lot.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a corrective surgery. Kalkidan is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre, on February 21.
Peter is a 46-year-old man who lives with his two children in central Kenya. He works as a musician, writing gospel songs and singing in churches in his village to raise money to support his family. On January 14, 2017, Peter was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the road. He sustained a fracture in his right femur and a cut on his forehead. He was taken to the hospital, where he was advised to undergo a surgical procedure to reposition and set the broken bone and enable faster healing. Peter could not afford the fee for the surgery. The little money that he earns as a musician is barely enough to take care of his family's basic needs. Peter came to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, for evaluation and treatment of his broken leg. He is now scheduled to undergo repair surgery on February 27. Peter needs help raising $998 to pay for surgery, X-rays, lab tests, physical therapy, medication, and surgical supplies. "My dream is to be able to produce music in a commercial way and uplift my family," shares Peter. "I, therefore, request Watsi to support me to be able to walk again."
Patrick is a 42-year-old father and construction worker from Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his two kids. This father is the sole provider for his household. His income is just barely sufficient to meet the family's needs. All three live together in a small shared rental room. Patrick worked as a construction worker until he was attacked on the night of February 25. He sustained several head fractures and is in need of a craniotomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to provide the much-needed procedure, which is scheduled for February 28. Given his stalled ability to work, Patrick and his family are not able to pay for treatment. "I want to be with my children. I wish to get well and continue providing for them," Patrick shares.
Mary is a 56-year-old farmer from Kenya. She lives with her husband on their ancestral land in a three-roomed house. Their six children have left home and live with their own families. About three years ago, Mary felt a lump on her right breast. She has since been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary has visited multiple hospitals in search of treatment with no success. Eventually, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, where a mastectomy has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to fund the procedure, scheduled for February 28. This surgery will prevent the cancer from spreading to other organs in her body. Mary says, “I want to be well with few health issues at my age. It’s my prayer to God."
Esther is a ten-year-old girl from Kenya. She lives in a children's rescue center and attends fourth grade. She wants to be a judge when she grows up. In 2013, Esther was burned with water. She was admitted to the hospital for seven months. After this, she was sent to live at the children's rescue center. Esther has been diagnosed with burn contractures on her left hand. These injuries resulted from the scalding water. She has limited mobility and cannot stretch her fingers properly, which restricts her ability to play and help with chores. “I want to be well, study, and be a judge to defend children," Esther says. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Esther's contracture release operation. This will be added to the $103 that the children's rescue center has been able to raise for her treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, on March 1. After surgery, she is expected to enjoy full functionality of her left hand.
Joseph is a 20-year-old man from rural Kenya. He graduated secondary school in 2016 and is currently waiting to join the university. Early in February, Joseph was involved in a motorcycle accident, during which he sustained a hip fracture. If left untreated, he will be at risk of permanent disability and arthritic complications. “I passed my high school exams and am supposed to join university in September," Joseph says. "I pray that I get well and am able to earn some school fees for myself." Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund a fracture repair procedure for Joseph. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 1 at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. After treatment, Joseph is expected to make a full recovery and be able to join the university.
Alvin is an eight-month-old boy from Kenya. His father is in college, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. They live with Alvin's grandparents, who are the family breadwinners. Recently, Alvin and his family visited our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. There, a doctor discovered that Alvin has hypospadias, an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. The doctor recommended that he undergo hypospadias repair. “My prayer is that Alvin gets treated and leads a normal life," his mother says. "I was afraid that this would stigmatize him if he goes untreated.” Alvin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to fund the operation.
Alvin is a 14-year-old boy from Kenya. “I would like to be a civil engineer when I grow up,” he says. Alvin lives with his sibling and grandmother in central Kenya. Three weeks ago, Alvin began complaining of pain in his groin. At points, it was so intense that he could not walk. His uncle rushed him to the nearest pharmacy and purchased pain relievers. This, however, did not calm the situation. With time, the pain got worse, and a swelling developed. Visiting a nearby hospital, Alvin was diagnosed an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. Surgery was recommended, but Alvin and his family were unable to meet the cost. A family friend advised them to visit our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, to see if they might receive help. Now, Alvin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $542 to cover the cost of the operation.
Uwase is a 39-year-old mother of two currently living with her family in Kenya. She is originally from Congo. Her husband sells firewood to support their family, and her two children are in primary school. A few years ago, Uwase was attacked while selling medicine in her village. As a result, she developed an incisional hernia, a condition in which a hernia forms when a wound does not heal completely. On March 7, Uwase will undergo surgery to correct her hernia at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $425 to cover the cost of her surgery and accompanying hospital and medication fees. Uwase is very grateful to all the donors who will help support her. After surgery, she looks forward to being able to work, so she can help her husband support their family.
Only five months old, B. Etabezahu is a cute baby girl who loves to play and laugh with her father. She lives with her parents and sibling in Ethiopia. B. Etabezahu was born with Hirschsprung's disease, a congenital colon disorder. As a result, her bowel functions abnormally. She requires surgery—known as a pull-through—to bypass or remove the affected portion of the colon. B. Etabezahu's parents are very concerned and troubled by their baby’s condition. However, they cannot afford to pay for the surgery that she needs. Her mother works as a civil servant, while her father resigned from his job as a driver to stay at home to take care of the baby. “Our income and expenses are equivalent," shares B. Etabezahu's father. "We raise our children in rented houses...We can’t afford another surgery expense.” $1,500 pays for surgery for B. Etabezahu, as well as an overnight hospital stay, an X-ray, an ultrasound, lab tests, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Her operation is scheduled for March 7. Let's help fund surgery for baby B. Etabezahu!
Sanyu is a 43-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married but has no children. Two years ago, Sanyu developed a small swelling in her left groin. As the swelling increased in size and grew painful, she started taking painkillers to reduce the pain. Sanyu reports that she experiences pain when she has to lift heavy objects or walk long distances. At the suggestion of a friend, Sanyu visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Without treatment, Sanyu may experience intestinal blockage or damage. Fortunately, on March 8, Sanyu will undergo a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the procedure. After surgery, Sanyu hopes to resume farming in order to provide food for her family.