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.
Mary is a 65-year-old woman from Kenya. She lives with her daughter-in-law and supports herself by working on local farms. Since December of last year, Mary's eyesight has been rapidly deteriorating. She received eye drops from a local clinic, but was unable to administer them properly. Seeking an evaluation and treatment, Mary visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where she was diagnosed with a cataract in her right eye. Mary is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on June 19, and is very excited to regain her vision. She is asking for $220 to cover the total cost of her procedure. "I wish to be treated so that I can see clearly," says Mary.
Jane is a a 20-year-old student from Kenya with hydrocephalus. Congenital hydrocephalus, which Jane has had since birth, is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that causes the skull to swell, resulting in severe mental and physical health problems. Growing up, Jane did not begin walking until she was six years old, and her speech development was even more delayed. Jane's family kept her confined to the house most of the time and, as a result, Jane began attending school much later. Despite this, Jane is now in the seventh grade and is working hard to one day become a doctor. Last August, Jane started losing touch with her senses. She would wander miles away from home, and she complained of a persistent headache. When our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, hosted a mobile clinic near Jane's village, her congenital hydrocephalus was finally confirmed. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of Jane's operation, which is scheduled for June 26. This entails installing a shunt in her brain that will drain the excess fluid and release the pressure on her cranium. If left untreated, Jane's condition will likely cause permanent brain damage, mental disability, and loss of vision. "I feel sorry for my daughter and wish I did this for her early enough, but I have hope all will be well," Jane's mother says.
Alice is a five-month-old girl from Kenya who lives with her parents and two older siblings in Kenya's Central Region. Her mother works at home, and her father is a cleaner at a local company. When Alice was three months old, her mother noticed that her head was growing more rapidly than the rest of her body. When taken to the hospital, Alice was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of Alice's operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 21 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails installing a shunt in Alice's brain that will drain the excess fluid. If not treated, Alice is at risk of severe developmental delays, loss of sight, and potentially even death. The little my husband gets is not enough for our basic needs, leave alone cater for her surgical care. Please help us," Alice's mother says.
Karin is a three-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother stays at home with him, and his father is a subsistence farmer. About one week ago, Karin suddenly lost the ability to hold his head up and began to cry incessantly. Within a few days he was also vomiting and developed a fever. Karin was then taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund Karin's operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 19 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails insertion of a shunt in Karin's brain that will drain the excess fluid. Without treatment, Karin will be at risk of permanent brain damage, loss of vision, and even death. “We are determined to overcome this illness and not let it ruin his life, with your help," says Karin's father.
Mohamed is a one-week-old baby from Kenya. Mohamed's mother tends to the house while Mohamed's father takes up work on farms whenever he can. Mohamed was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, which is a condition that prevents her spinal cord from developing properly. Because of her condition, Mohamed is currently at risk of infection, malformation of the spinal cord, loss of muscular function in her lower limbs, and trauma. Immediate surgery was recommended in order to give Mohamed the best chance at evading these negative effects. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,097 to fund the spina bifida closure surgery that Mohamed needs. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Mohamed to continue along a healthy developmental trajectory. Mohamed's mother says, “It was the most unexpected news we ever thought we could receive but we have peace now that there is treatment."
Recho is a 39-year-old farmer from Kenya who plants maize and beans. She lives with her husband and four children. In 2000, Recho started to experience heart palpitations and insomnia. She decided to visit the hospital where the doctors presumed that the symptoms were due to her pregnancy. She was given some medication and it got better. Later that year, however, Recho noted a mass in her neck that prompted her to return to the hospital. There, she was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Recho is scheduled to undergo thyroid removal surgery on June 20. Although she is able to contribute $52 to the cost of her treatment, she is still in need of $641 to cover the rest of the expenses. “I never experienced parental love and care in my life, my mother died when I was a few months old and my father left us with my grandmother for another family. I love my children and I don’t want them to experience the same," says Recho.
Meet one-month-old baby Anastacia from Kenya. Anastacia was born with an occipital encephalocele, a condition in which the skull does not fully close during fetal development, allowing brain matter and cerebrospinal fluid to escape, forming a sac on the back of the head. If left untreated, Anastacia is at risk of seizures and mental and growth retardation. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has arranged for Anastacia to undergo brain surgery to repair her encephalocele on June 23. Anastacia's mother cannot afford the $929 medical bill and needs our help to pay for her daughter's surgery and hospital stay. "I am hopeful that all will be well," says Anastacia's mother.
Brandon is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. He has lived alone with his mother, who works as a spice vendor, ever since his initial diagnosis. Late last year, Brandon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition in which the testes remain undescended. Without surgical intervention, Brandon is at risk of the development of an inguinal hernia, infertility, and testicular cancer. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $542 to fund a double orchidopexy for Brandon, which intends to move and fix Brandon's undescended testes into his scrotum. His treatment is scheduled to take place on June 26 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Brandon to live free from the medical complications that his condition currently puts him at risk of developing.
Muhoozi is a 56-year-old man from Uganda. Muhoozi's wife is a primary school teacher, and he works as a builder. Together, he and his wife work very hard in order to send all three of their children to secondary schools. Over the last two years, Muhoozi has been experiencing persistent pain in his lower abdomen, which has significantly affected his ability to do work. In the past, Muhoozi has taken medication to temporarily relieve him of his pain, however no treatment has gotten to the root cause of his discomfort. Muhoozi was recently diagnosed with a mesenteric cyst, which is a rare abdominal tumor. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund a curative laparotomy to excise the cyst. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 27 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Muhoozi of his symptoms. “I cannot afford the costs of surgery and I hope to continue with building for the survival of my family after surgery," says Muhoozi.
Barisigara is a 55-year-old small scale farmer from Uganda. He is married and has four children, all of whom are currently enrolled in either primary or secondary school. Barisigara first noticed a swelling on his forehead nine years ago, which has continued to increase in size over the years. The mass is now causing Barisigara a lot of pain and discomfort. If not treated, the swelling will progress and could cause facial disfigurement. Barisigara has been diagnosed with a forehead lipoma and needs surgery in order to excise the mass. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $187 to fund Barisigara's surgery, which is scheduled to take place on June 27. “When I am relieved of this condition, I am going to continue working so I can pay for my children’s school fees,” says Barisigara.
Kayee is a happy and active 12-year-old boy from Tanzania. Kayee lives with his mother and two younger siblings, and he helps his mother by tending to his family's cattle and other household duties. Kayee has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, a condition often referred to as "knock-knees." This means that Kayee's knees are misaligned and turn inwards, causing him trouble walking, extreme difficulty performing daily activities, and pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Kayee that will help guide future bone growth. Kayee's surgery is scheduled to take place on June 27 and, once completed, will hopefully improve his mobility. "I will be very happy if my legs will be straightened up and be like other children’s legs so that I can continue helping my mother," says Kayee.
Ephrem is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and five siblings in Kenya. Ephrem was born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urethra opening is not on the tip of the penis. As a result of his condition, Ephrem cannot pee standing up and may face other complications in the future. Seeking treatment, Ephrem was brought to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), where doctors recommended that he receive surgery. Ephrem is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 20, and AMHF is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ephrem's father said, “I can’t afford my child’s medical bill. The days that I don’t earn any income within the month are greater than the days I earn some. My wife has a small business and by what we get together we try to support our family.”