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.
Kabugho is a 42-year old wife and mother of six children from Uganda. In 2008, Kabugho developed a swelling in her left groin region. The swelling continued to increase in size, and it became painful at the beginning of 2016. Thus, she went to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, and was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Without treatment, she is at risk of intestinal obstruction and blockage of blood flow to the intestines. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 4. Both Kabugho and her husband are farmers. Their income is limited and seasonal, and they pay for their children’s education in installments. Prior to the diagnosis, Kabugho had never visited a hospital due to lack of money. She was relieved to hear that Watsi could help her receive financial support. For this reason, our medical partner is requesting $249 to fund Kabugho's hernia repair. “I have a lot of pain, but I don’t have money for my surgery,” says Kabugho.
Dennis is a 24-year-old father living in Kenya. On New Year's Day, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a fractured jaw and wrist. Dennis was unable to receive treatment from the government hospital due to a strike by the government doctors. Fortunately, he was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he will receive treatment on January 6. The fracture repair surgery will cost $640. With daily expenses and school fees mounting, Dennis looks forward to receiving treatment and returning to assist his wife and parents with their work as farmers. “I hope to be treated and continue providing for my family. The pain is too much," he says.
Nyakatura is a 69-year-old father of seven children. He is a farmer who uses his income for basic needs, such as salt, sugar, and soap. His family eats most of the food he grows. In 2009, Nyakatura developed a painful swelling in his groin. Over time, the swelling increased in size. He visited a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a left hydrocele and was advised to undergo surgery. However, Nyakatura knew he could not afford to pay for surgery. He decided to live with the pain until he learned about our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital. Nyakatura is scheduled to undergo a hernia repair surgery on November 16. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund his care. After undergoing surgery, Nyakatura hopes to continue farming and taking care of his wife. He plans to save some money and start trading secondhand clothes.
This is Ampaire, an 18-year-old teenager from Uganda. Ampaire has an inguinal hernia on his right side, which causes him pain and discomfort. He experiences difficulty lifting heavy objects. Ampaire lives with a single mother, who works on a banana plantation. Ampaire has three other siblings, all of whom are in school. Ampaire's mother spends most of her income on the education of her children. She hopes her children will study well and remain in good health. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue or a segment of the intestines bulges through a gap in the groin. Without treatment, Ampaire's hernia could lead to strangulation of the intestines, thus cutting off blood supply. As it is, Ampaire has already been experiencing pain and swelling on the right side of his groin. Fortunately, Ampaire is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on December 21. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund his care. Of the future, Ampaire says, "I want to work hard and get money for my education.”
Biyangye is a 75-year-old father of seven children. Both Biyangye and his wife are farmers. They sell surplus from their harvest, but their income is seasonal. When the harvest is poor, they can't afford to buy sugar, meat, and any food that they don't grow. In 2015, Biyangye developed a painful swelling in his right groin. Farming became difficult, because he cannot bend or lift heavy items without pain. When he learned about Watsi, he visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. Biyangye says, “I feel a lot of pain because of this sickness." Fortunately, Biyangye is scheduled to undergo a hernia repair surgery on November 23. After treatment, he hopes to work hard to support his family.
Kamugisha is a 57-year-old father of two girls and five boys. He is a taxi driver and the sole income earner in the family. Kamugisha has difficulty paying for the education of his children and providing for all the needs of the family. Seven months ago, Kamugisha developed a swelling on his left shoulder blade. Over time, the swelling has increased in size. He is unable to sleep on the left side of his body. Kamugisha visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a lipoma, a fatty lump between the skin and muscle. Without treatment, the mass will continue to grow and cause discomfort and pain. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a mass excision procedure on November 23. After surgery, Kamugisha hopes to continue with his work as a driver. He also wants to start a retail shop to support to his family.
Kabahumuza is a 41-year-old woman from Uganda. She delivered her two children through C-sections. Those children have since grown and joined school. She is in her 36th week of pregnancy. Due to her history, her doctors have recommended that she undergo another elective C-section. On December 5, Kabahumuza will begin prenatal treatment at our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. There, she will undergo a C-section to ensure a safe delivery. Kabahumuza is a primary school teacher, and she supports her family. She needs help to fund this $280 procedure. After surgery, she hopes to work hard and continue supporting her family.
Three months ago, Kakurungu developed a painful swelling in his right groin. The pain prevents him from walking long distances or eating full meals. He is also unable to lift heavy items. He visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where has was diagnosed with a right reducible inguinal hernia. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on November 30. Kakurungu is 89 years old and a father of eight children. Both he and his wife are farmers who sell the surplus from their gardens. They need help to fund this $249 procedure. After recovery, Kakurungu hopes to continue supporting his wife and himself. "Even as much as I have pain, with God everything is possible," says Kakurungu. "All will be well, since l have reached the Watsi office."
Nkwasibwe is a 27-year-old father of four children. His children are all in school, and he is paying for their education. Both he and his wife are farmers. Nkwasibwe has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He has had the hernia for two years. He is unable to bend, lift heavy items, or work long hours on his farm. Nkwasibwe is worried about his health. "I have a lot of pain and I am worried about my life," says Nkwasibwe. Nkwasibwe never visited a hospital because he did not think he could afford treatment. He finally came to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. There, he will undergo a repair surgery on November 30. After surgery, Nkwasibwe hopes to work as a taxi driver to support his family.
Balingira is a 78-year-old man from Uganda, the father of six children. He and his wife grow food and sell the surplus to buy other necessities. In 2015, Baligira developed a swelling in his groin. He went to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bilateral hydrocele. He was advised to undergo surgery, but he could not afford treatment. Baligira's hydrocele causes him severe pain and general weakness. Fortunately, he visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on December 7. Doctors will drain the excess fluid from his groin, alleviating his pain. For $185, we can fund this procedure. "I hope to continue working in my gardens after surgery," Baligira says.
Kyenda is a 69-year-old woman from Uganda. Two months ago, she woke up in the middle of the night to discover troubling gynecological symptoms. Kyenda was surprised and scared. She went to a hospital and was diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia, a condition in which uterine lining grows excessively. Although Kyenda's case is benign, the condition can lead to uterine cancer. Kyenda cannot afford care at a private hospital. After hearing about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, on the radio, she decided to seek treatment. On December 8, she will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. This procedure will stop the bleeding and prevent any future complications. To support herself, Kyenda farms and sells the surplus food. She has two children. She needs help to raise $268 to fund her care. After surgery, she hopes to continue farming.
Kabadaaki is a 73-year-old farmer and single mother of three children. Last February, she began to experience discomfort and bleeding in a sensitive area. Over the next few months, she visited two hospitals, but she was repeatedly told she had no sickness. Her condition caused her to lose weight and put her at risk of anemia. Following the advice of her daughter's friend, Kabadaaki went to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. There, she was finally diagnosed with benign endometrial hyperplasia, an overgrowth of uterine lining. On December 15, Kabadaaki will undergo a hysterectomy to stop the bleeding and discomfort. Kabadaaki and her children are farmers without any stable source of income. For this reason, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $268 to fund her procedure and hospital stay. After recovering from her surgery, Kabadaaki knows she will be strong again and hopes to resume her work.