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.
Gideon, who was born with intellectual disabilities, lives in and attends a special school in Eldoret town. Gideon likes being in school and he likes drawing during his free time. His parents live in the village and it’s been a long time since Gideon has seen them, so he is looking forward to seeing them when he gets treated. Gideon came to the hospital after having a swelling in a sensitive area for more than two years. He reports that it was gradual on the onset but worsened with time. Gideon was brought to the hospital by one of his relatives after they were told of Gideon's condition. Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, they had tried many other hospitals, but every time they were asked to pay huge amounts of money for treatment, which they cannot afford. Gideon has an appointment for a hydrocelectomy surgery to repair the double hernia bulges. He has been experiencing severe discomfort in the affected area and a mild headache, and feels ashamed walking around due to the swelling. Currently, Gideon is under the care and support of the Samaritans, but they don’t have money to pay for his surgery, only for room and board. They are asking anyone reading this story to support Gideon so he can undergo a successful surgery for recovery. Gideon is a happy young man who looks forward to seeing his parents soon. His uncle says, “I will be happy to see him without the swelling. He deserves to live a happy and healthy life like others.”
James is former motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He's married and is the father of two children 13 and 6 years old. James' wife is works part-time on a rice farm in their hometown. The family currently lives in a rental house paid for by their local church pastor. In November 2017, James was in a motorbike accident. Due to the accident, he lost his job, and he shared that his life became one revolving around experiencing pain and constant hospital visits. He underwent surgery on his broken leg in a nearby health facility in his hometown. Following the procedure he had a challenging recovery due to infections, causing him sleepless nights and visits to different healthcare facilities. James was finally referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where he underwent several treatments in May. James returned home but later came back to the hospital with a wounded leg that was in bad shape with an exposed bone. The doctors originally admitted James for repair surgery, but determined he needed a below-knee amputation which took place in mid-June. James still experiences a lot of pain, so the surgeon recommend he undergo another round of intense debridement in the amputated area to remove his damaged tissue and help him to finally heal. James has national health insurance, which supported his two major surgeries, but his coverage has been depleted and will not support the care he needs now. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping James receive treatment. On June 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent the spread of infection and speed up his recovery. Now, James needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. James wishes to be free from pain, “I, unfortunately, lost my leg due to a sudden amputation, and I am still in shock. I will never be able to use both legs again. I am still in a lot of pain and the wound needs another procedure for me to be well. I need to get out of the hospital and figure out how to take care of my family with my current condition.”
Jesca is a hardworking, friendly, and sociable girl who loves music and singing in the choir at church. She's an 18-year-old teenager, born as the third child in a family of nine. Jesca was only able to study until seventh grade because she was experiencing mobility issues due to clubfoot, making going to school particularly challenging. Jesca's father tried to encourage his daughter to continue with school by discussing with her the the importance of education. However, Jesca was too concerned about going to secondary school, which is located even further away and thereby posing an even bigger challenge for her. Jesca has clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jesca has now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform a clubfoot repair surgery on June 29th, and requests support of $935 for her treatment costs. After treatment, Jesca will be able to walk normally and is hopeful for a better life ahead. Jesca describes her previous decisions about school with regret but turns an optimistic outlook for her future: "If it wasn’t for my foot I would have probably continued with school and maybe today I would be in a better position. I am now working but my foot is still limiting my work. Please help me have my foot corrected."
Sylvia is a 14-year-old student and her favorite subjects in school are mathematics and chemistry. She shared that she would like to be a doctor in the future. Sylvia is the oldest child in a family of two. Her mother is a single mom and works hard as a laborer whenever she can get work. Sylvia has clubfoot of the left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Sylvia to receive treatment. She visited AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 6th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Sylvia's procedure. After treatment, Sylvia will be able to walk with ease and wear shoes. She will continue with her studies and hopefully achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Sylvia shared, "my desire is to walk well like other girls and continue with school without any interruptions."
Nancy is a middle-aged mother from Kawaida village in Kenya. She separated from her husband and has been raising their two children on her own. Her daughter is married and her son lives with Nancy but has not started working yet. Nancy works jobs when she can find them, such as helping in the neighboring tea farms or washing clothes, to support her family. Nancy loves singing at her church, but now her condition forces her to remain indoors and in bed. Five years ago, Nancy began experiencing worrying symptoms. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $755 to fund Nancy's surgery. On July 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Nancy will be able to resume her daily activities free from pain. Nancy is eager to recover so she can continue her working and pursuing her musical passion: “If this bleeding continues I feel like it will be more challenging for me to continue working for my family. My children look unto me and so I really hope for help so that I can be well again, take care of them and be able to sing as I used to do."
Tindimwebwa is a 55-year-old farmer and a married mother of seven children. All of her children are married and she lives with her husband and two grandchildren. She farms cereals such as sorghum, millet, beans and maize. To earn extra income, she sells a traditionally made porridge called Bushera. For three years, Tindimwebwa has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and bleeding. She is not able to do any strenuous work due to her condition. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and surgery was recommended. The surgery will reduce the chances that the lesion will become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tindimwebwa to receive treatment. On July 6th, she will have a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Tindimwebwa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, AMH is requesting $219 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Tindimwebwa shared, “I wish my health gets better after surgery so that I can resume farming to sustain and keep my family happy as it has always been.”
Tukwasibwe is a 33-year-old pregnant mother of two children. She teaches and she also works as a farmer, primarily growing beans, potatoes, and maize for home consumption. Her husband works as a hawker, and her family lives in a rental house. When Tukwasibwe visited our medical partner's care center, her doctor recommended that she deliver her baby via C-Section. She has two previous deliveries this way due to birthing needs and a C-Section will reduce the risk of uterine rupture during this delivery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tukwasibwe to receive medical care. On July 6th, she will deliver her baby via C-Section, and now, AMH is requesting $252 to fund her procedure. Tukwasibwe shared, “I really ask for your support for the success of my surgery because I consider this child to be precious to me as I had two miscarriages previously which had made me lose hope.”
Nkwikaize is a 60-year-old woman and a married mother of eight children. She and her husband live alone, and all of their children are married. They earn a living from small scale farming. For a year, Nkwikaize has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, backaches, and vaginal bleeding. It is difficult for her to bend over or to stand for long periods of time and her condition has affected her ability to farm. After examination, she was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and surgery was recommended. If not treated, she is at risk of cervical cancer. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Nkwikaize to receive treatment. On July 6th, she will undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Once recovered, Nkwikaize will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, AMH is requesting $219 to cover the cost of Nkwikaize's procedure and care. Nkwikaize shared, “I pray that the Lord make a way for me through you people so that I may receive my surgery to have a healthy life. I hope once it's well, I will be able to resume farming.”
Kembabazi is a 45-year-old woman and a mother of one child. She has epilepsy and their small family relies on her brother for their daily needs. For two years, Kembabazi has been experiencing severe abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and surgery was recommended. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kembabazi to receive treatment. On July 10th, she will undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Once recovered, Kembabazi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, AMH is requesting $228 to fund Kembabazi's procedure. Kembabazi shared, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery so that the pain I am having might end. I hope to live a normal life after treatment.”
Kemitare is a 63-year-old woman and a married mother of 12 children. She and her husband are small scale farmers and they own a three-room home. Their eldest child is 46 years old, while their youngest has just turned 18 years old. All of their children are now married. For two years, Kemitare has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, chest pain and dizziness. She also has difficulty sleeping, is unable to work on the farm due to the pain, and is fearful that the condition may further affect her life. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, and surgery is recommended to treat and heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kemitare to receive treatment. On July 10th, she will undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Once recovered, Kemitare will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, AMH is requesting $228 to fund Kemitare's procedure. Kemitare shared, “I have stopped farming completely due to this condition, yet my family depends solely on farming. I pray that I may be able to resume working after the surgery.”
Amutuhaire is a 32-year-old farmer with a small piece of land from Western Uganda. Amutuhaire was educated by a local preacher up until high school, but she had to pause after the preacher was transferred away. Before getting married, she took up temporary work as a cleaner. Amutuhaire's husband is a taxi conductor, but isn't able to earn a lot. They live in a rental house. Unfortunately, Amutuhaire lost her first child last year a few hours after delivery, leaving her devastated by the loss. She is again an expecting mother. Amutuhaire received a full antenatal package in our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital. Her doctor recommended an C-Section due to her earlier risks and the shortness of the time interval between pregnancies. The procedure will reduce the chances of uterine rupture which could happen if normal delivery is attempted. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $252 to help fund this procedure. Amutuhaire shares her story, “I have hopes that I will go home with a child this time because my first experience was quite tragic. I never even got a chance to carry my child because he was put on oxygen as soon as he was born then minutes later, he was dead.”
Kemirembe is a teacher and a mother of four, with two daughters and two sons, all of whom are in school. She loves coaching and teaching her children especially now as schools are closed due to Covid-19. Together with her husband, they are primary school teachers in a school close to their home. They have a small farm which they use to harvest produce for their own family. For 6 months, Kemirembe has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, along with headaches and back pains. She is afraid she could become anemic. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kemirembe's surgery. On July 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kemirembe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kemirembe says, “I hope that once I'm operated under your support, I will regain my health and teach with even more efforts after our schools open."