African Mission Healthcare is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the reach and quality of healthcare in Africa.
AMH operates in 9 African countries. It supported care for over 80,000 people across the continent in 2012 alone. Among other care centers, treatments funded through AMH are provided at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania, and MSM Medical Center in Ethiopia.
AMH’s work has been noted for being rooted in values of sustainability, efficiency, accountability, and commitment to the poor. More information about AMH can be found on its website.
Turyahariwe is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to three daughters. All her daughters are now married - one is a nurse, one a primary school teacher, and one is a hairdresser. Turyahariwe earns a living from the small coffee and banana plantation that she was left to her by her late husband. Through farming, she has been able to support and educate her children. Ten years ago, Turyahariwe began to experience shortness of breath when sleeping. She was ultimately diagnosed with a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse and from any further complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Turyahariwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Turyahariwe shared, "I hope to get a new life after surgery because this disfigurement really gives me a hard time. Once recovered, I will continue with farming.”
James is a 14-year-old boy and the second-born in a family of five children. James is a hard-working boy who helps to look after his father’s cattle, requiring him to walk a long distance in search of green pasture. James has not had a chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. His parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers. They work hard to make ends meet, and are living in a very difficult environment. James was diagnosed with left genu varus, also known as bowleggedness. This condition causes his left leg to bow inwards so that his knees touch when walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. James is having difficulty walking because his left leg curves as we walks, affecting his gait. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for James. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. This treatment will hopefully restore James's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. James shared, "Please help correct my leg because I can’t walk well anymore and am even unable to go out and graze my father’s cattle. I appreciate any support you can provide.”
Bamwoya is a charcoal maker from Uganda and a married father to eight children, three sons and five daughters. All his children are married and are now small-scale farmers. Bamwoya shared that he wasn't able to finish school after the third grade as his family did not have funds for school fees. He currently earns a living from making charcoal and his wife is a small scale farmer. Since three years ago, Bamwoya has had bilateral inguinal hernia. He experiences pain bending or standing for a long time, which makes his day to day tasks and working challenging for him. Fortunately, on January 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bamwoya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bamwoya says: “I have faith and believe that once my surgery is done, I will be well and able to continue with making charcoal.”
Zirihihi is a farmer and married with four wives, and a father to twenty six children. Of his eleven sons and fifteen daughters, he shared that so far four of his sons and two of his daughters are still in school. All the others are married and are small scale farmers too. Zirihihi studied and completed primary seven in school, at first working as a primary school teacher, and later becoming a farmer. He has a banana plantation and brews homemade alcohol locally called “warage” in order to support his family. For the last five years, Zirihihi has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on January 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Zirihihi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently, and better able to take care of his family. Zarihihi shared, “I hope to feel better once my surgery is done and hope to continue with farming.”
Paulo is a happy 7-year-old child from Kitui County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. Paulo’s father is a casual labourer who does welding in Rwaka, while his mother is a housewife in their rural home in Kitui. Paulo had an accident and fell from an avocado tree while he was playing. He was taken to a government health facility but did not receive any service as the health workers were on strike. Paulo’s father then took him to a private hospital in Kiambu, where doctors conducted an x-ray revealing a fracture of his left femur. Paulo is not able to walk and is in constant pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help make sure Paulo has the surgery he needs. On January 7th, Paulo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Paulo's father shared, “I had my reservations about Paulo having surgery, but I have had time to think about it, leading to my decision for him to have the surgery. I look forward to him being able to play and walk properly again.”
Arineitwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She lives at home with her mother. She loves singing and is a member of her local church choir. She also enjoys helping her mother on their farm. For the last three months ago, Arineitwe has been experiencing abdominal distention and severe pain, affecting her ability to work on their farm. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Arineitwe needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Arineitwe's surgery. On January 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Arineitwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Arineitwe shared, “I pray that I may be considered for surgery because I am in severe pain. I appreciate your support."
Komugisha is a 47-year-old businesswoman from Uganda. She is a single mother to two children who are both still in school - one is in senior three, while the other is in senior six. She separated with her husband due to domestic violence problems. Komugisha currently earns a living from selling secondhand clothes, but also does farming sometimes to help support her children with school fees. For the last month, Komugisha has had a growing mass on the inside of her lower lip. It causes her pain and discomfort with daily activities like eating and talking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Komugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mass excision procedure on January 12th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove the mass from her lip. This procedure will cost $196, and she needs help raising money. Komugisha shared, “I have faith and believe that my surgery will be a success."
Tugume is a 52-year-old farmer and a married mother to six children with two daughters and four sons. Her two daughters are teachers and two of her sons are mechanics, while the other two are still studying in school. Tugume herself studied and completed primary seven but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. She and her husband both earn a living from small-scale farming. They normally grow food crops for their family and often sell off the surplus to generate an income. Three years ago, Tugume started experiencing lower abdominal pain with consistent backache and abdominal discomfort. She has been diagnosed with a pre-malignant cervical lesion. Tugume needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tugume's surgery. On January 12th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tugume will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tugume shared, "I believe that I'll be fine and well after surgery. Thank you for your support."
Tugume is a 53-year-old secondary school teacher from Uganda. He is a father of 4 children, the eldest of whom is 23 years old and has recently completed a degree course. His second born is 21 years old and is in university; the third born is 18 years old in secondary school class six; and the last born is 14 years old and in secondary school class two. He and his family live in a three-room permanent house that they own. Both he and his wife, a small-scale farmer, work hard to pay for their children's school fees with the little income that they make. For the last two weeks, Tugume has been experiencing pain and discomfort in a sensitive area. He has been diagnosed with a right hydrocele, which is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects surrounding a testicle. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Tugume's hydrocele repair surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and go about his daily activities normally. Tugume shared, “Once I have the surgery, I will be able to proceed comfortably with teaching and live a better life with my family.”
Paul is a manual laborer from Kenya who works at a sawmill in Nyahururu. In his job, they are given duties depending on the workload so he does not have a stable income. On a good day, Paul takes home $2.50. He is a married father of one and lives in a 2 room house in Subukia, built on his father’s land. His father passed on in 2019, and his mother is elderly and depends on her children for survival. Paul was involved in an accident on the 20th of November 2020, where he works at a sawmill. He was rolled over by a wheel that caused his injury. He sustained a large lateral injury spanning from 1cm proximal to the malleolus to 15cm proximal with a large section of exposed tendon and fibular bone. He also has dislodgement of his lateral fibula. He is in chronic pain and is not able to walk on his own. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Paul receive treatment. On January 19th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help heal his wound. His hope is to be able to walk again and no longer be in pain. Now, Paul needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Paul shared with us, “Looking at the work I do, I don’t have the financial strength to pay for the surgery. I am scared and the wound looks bad. Kindly help."
Saidi is a 23-year-old from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. He was able to have his spina bifida corrected when he was younger, which saved his life and allowed him to grow up to a strong young man. Saidi was able to go to school until class seven but was not able to continue with his education due to his parents' financial challenges. Saidi’s parents are small-scale farmers and have six children, of which Saidi is the third born child. Saidi used to join his parents in farming, but he had to stop and seek treatment because his legs and feet are bowed, which makes standing and walking very challenging. In 2014, Saidi came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment because he had limb external rotation, which was causing him difficulty with walking and carrying out daily life activities. Through funding support, he was able to have his feet and legs corrected, and was able to resume normal life once more. Since then, over the last few years Saidi’s left foot has developed a serious infection that has struggled to heal. The infection would repeatedly start to heal but would return within five to six months, which makes it difficult for him to work and make a life for himself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Saidi will undergo a left leg amputation below the knee to save him from the pain and suffering he is going through as doctors noted his foot can no longer be saved. Through this surgery, Saidi will eventually be able to use a prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk with ease and return to his daily life activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,088 to fund this procedure. Saidi shared, “Please help me as this foot has taken me through so much suffering and pain. I would like to be able to work and make a living for myself, but due to this infection I haven't been able to do that. Kindly help me.”
Leon is a 20-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother, who is raising Leon on her own, does not have a stable job but works hard to make ends meet. She does laundry work and sells groceries to provide for their family. From the work she does, she is unable to afford a rented house and stays with her mother (Leon’s grandmother). Leon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Leon has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Leon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 21st. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Leon’s mother says, “As a parent, I would like my child to have a family of his own but his condition is hindering that if untreated. I am requesting for the financial support for Leon to be treated.”