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.
Luzi is a 73-year-old wife and mother of four girls and three boys who lives in Uganda. Her children are all married and taking care of their own families. To earn money for her household, she grows food and sells the surplus. A month ago, Luzi developed a swelling in her left breast that continues to increase in size. She went to a clinic, where she was given painkillers, but they were not of any help. She resorted to using herbs, but they did not help either. Luzi came to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma and was advised to have surgery to excise the mass. Without treatment, the mass is likely to continue growing and causing her pain and discomfort. A fibroadenoma is a benign, solid breast tumor that most commonly occurs in women between the ages of 15 and 35. While the cause of fibroadenomas is unknown, hormones are likely contributors given their prevalence during women's reproductive years. Most women with fibroadenomas are not at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Initially, Luzi was very concerned that she might lose her breast. "I am afraid for my life," she shared. However, after she learned that the surgeon will remove the mass only, she was relieved. Luzi will undergo surgery to excise the mass from her breast on January 18. She needs help to raise $196 to pay for three nights in the hospital, lab tests, a biopsy, and medicine to reduce her pain and prevent infection. After surgery, Luzi hopes to continue working in her gardens and taking care of her husband. Let's help make that happen!
“I want to be able to work so that I can provide for my husband,” 68-year-old Jane shares. A native of Kenya, Jane supports her spouse and their two youngest children by farming. However, she has not been able to work since December of 2016, when she fell and broke her left tibia and ankle. Although a splint was applied to her leg after the accident, the injury continues to make it difficult for Jane to walk. As a result, she has had to rely on her husband and children to complete basic daily tasks. Jane’s doctors have told her that in order for her leg to heal completely, she needs to undergo a surgical procedure known as an open reduction internal fixation. Doctors will reposition her bones and secure them with screws, plates, or other devices to ensure that the bones heal properly. Without treatment, Jane is at risk of arthritis and permanent disability. Jane will undergo treatment on January 12. Jane’s family—including her six working-age children—have been able to raise $208 to contribute to the costs of her operation, hospital stay, and medications. They need our help raising an additional $1,451 to fully fund her healthcare.
Kimathi is a three-month-old boy from Kenya, one of a set of twins. The twins live with their parents and third sibling in the suburbs of Nairobi. When Kimathi was one month old, his parents noticed a swelling that appeared when he coughed or cried. After visiting a nearby clinic, they were told that Kimathi had a left inguinal hernia, which would require surgery. Such an operation was beyond the scope of the facility, so Kimathi was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital. There, Kimathi's parents were informed that their son was at risk of blood supply restriction to nearby nerves and tissue. “Watching my son cry in pain is unbearable,” his father says. “His brother is so calm, and I want the same for him.” Kimathi is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 to cover the cost of the operation, medication, and two nights of hospital stay. His family has already contributed $52. After surgery, Kimathi is expected to make a full recovery, developing normally and without pain.
Birungi is a spirited 35-year-old woman from Uganda. She is the mother of two children. When she is not taking care of the children, she is working to cultivate the land. In November, Birungi began experiencing acute pain in her umbilical region. She realized she had a hard swelling on her abdomen. "Pain cannot allow me to bend and do my work," she says. Birungi's swelling restricts her movements, preventing her from carrying out her daily tasks, such as digging and doing laundry. When Birungi went to the hospital, she was diagnosed with a sliding supra-umbilical hernia. This means intestine or fat tissue has burst through a weak point in her abdominal wall. This condition is common in women who have had multiple pregnancies, like Birungi. Physicians at our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, have recommended a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the surgery on January 18. This surgical repair will alleviate the pain Birungi is experiencing, and it will prevent potential blockage in the intestine. She will be able to return to her daily tasks and enjoy the company of her husband and two sons.
Baby Agata is a seven-day-old girl and the second child to her mother and father. She lives in Tanzania. When Baby Agata was born, her parents noticed that her feet were turning inwards. Baby Agata was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot, which means her feet are twisted. Without treatment, she may never be able to walk or wear shoes. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on January 19. The surgery, which will fix her feet and enable her to walk normally, costs $1,160. Baby Agata's mother is not formally employed, and her father earns a small income working as a motorbike driver. They cannot afford this treatment. "We hope," expressed Baby Agata's father, "that our child will be able to walk well and go to school after treatment."
Ekaal is a two-month-old baby. His family lives in a one-room rental house in the northeastern region of Kenya. His mother takes care of the household, while his father burns charcoal to support the family. Ekaal was born with a cystic mass swelling on his lower back. Two days after birth, the swell began to leak, putting Ekaal at risk of infections and complications. He was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal cord develops improperly. Fortunately, Ekaal will undergo spinal repair surgery on January 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund his care. Ekaal’s mother says, "We have traveled miles to get here, but we are glad we will get help for Ekaal’s treatment.’’
Grace is a 27-year-old woman from Burundi who is currently living in Kenya as a refugee. She works as a French translator, and she and her husband operate a motorcycle transportation business. They have two children together. Grace began having breathing difficulties in December of 2013. She has since been diagnosed with a goiter, a thyroid enlargement. This causes her pain and makes breathing and swallowing difficult. Grace is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 27. This procedure will alleviate her symptoms, allowing her to breathe easily. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to pay for the surgery. Grace says, “I wish to be well and find means through which I can better my life."
Crecious is three years old and the first child to his mother. His mother describes him as a happy child who is always playing. As Crecious started to grow, his mother noticed that he wasn’t able to walk very well and would often fall over. They traveled to Arusha to seek treatment at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Crecious's legs have bowed outwards, so he was diagnosed with genu varus. Crecious's mother has high hopes for her son, but she only makes a small amount of money as a primary school teacher. She needs help to pay for his treatment. On January 19, Crecious will undergo corrective surgery for his legs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $940 to fund his treatment. Crecious’s mother says, "I hope that my son with be able to grow, play, and go to school like other children after his surgery. "
Blessing is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya who lives with her parents. Her mother is a housewife, and her father does casual day tasks to earn an income for their family. When Blessing was one month old, her head began growing at a rapid rate. Her parents took her to a local hospital, where she was referred to our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). At BKKH, Blessing was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. She was recommended for a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $685 to cover the cost of hospital stay, medication, and lab fees. Blessing’s surgery will help eliminate the pressure on her brain, giving her the ability to live a long, healthy life.
Baraka is an 18-month-old boy from Tanzania and the only child in his family. Baraka is a Swahili name that means "blessings." When Baraka was born, he was indeed a blessing to his parents, who had wanted a child since they were married. At birth, Baraka's mother noticed that her son was experiencing unusual symptoms. He was diagnosed with hypospadias, an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. This condition causes Baraka difficulty urinating and can lead to complications later in life. Baraka will undergo corrective surgery on January 25. Baraka's parents work on a small farm in a rural village, and they cannot afford treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $837 for the surgery.
Deborah is a newborn who is only three days old. When she was born, her doctors noticed that she had a sac on her lower back. She was diagnosed with spina bifida, a spinal cord malformation. The hospital immediately referred Deborah's mother to our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, for treatment. On January 22, Deborah will undergo a $1,200 spina bifida closure surgery at the medical center. Without this treatment, Deborah is at risk of complications, such as tethered cord syndrome or lower limb paralysis. Deborah's parents cannot afford to pay for the care their daughter needs. They need help to pay her medical bill. "I hope that this treatment will help my child to be healed and she will be happy," says Deborah's mother.
Joshua is a four-year-old boy living in Tanzania. He two siblings, including a twin. He enjoys playing with his siblings and looks forward to attending school with them. As Joshua grew, he experienced pain in his legs. His mother noticed that his legs began to bend. They sought treatment from our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. Joshua was diagnosed with genu varus, or bowleggedness. Without treatment, he would continue to experience difficulty walking. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 19. "I see that my son wants to go to school when his siblings go, and I hope that after he has been treated, he will be able to join them" says Joshua's mother. Joshua's mother needs financial assistance to help treat her son. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 in funding.