- Kenya’s state of access to quality health care
One of the leading challenges for people living in informal settlements is access to quality public health care. Transport issues to medical facilities and long work hours for small pay that can’t meet medical bills are just some of the issues facing the poor living in rural informal settlements.In the few health facilities, services though these often lack facilities and trained staff. Because medicines are not available, poor families often go without treatment when they are ill.
With many health specialists leaving Kenya to find posts abroad, there is a severe shortage of medical workers across the country. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Kenya has just one doctor and only 12 nurses/midwives for every 10,000 patients.
What motivated us
- Kenya has a high rate of water-borne and mosquito-carried diseases affecting especially pregnant women and children.
- Malaria attacks over 8 million people each year. Other diseases such as schistosomiasis, Rift Valley fever and Chikungunya (similar to Dengue fever) are also a challenge.
- Prominent cause of mortality among Kenyans is HIV/AIDS, which kills around 80,000 people yearly. The disease has left approximately 1.2 million children without one or both parents.Why public health access project
- With high unemployment, the number of Kenyans living in poverty is rising and some 4 million now rely on food aid and free medical camps.
- Around a third of children under five are stunted, with more than 15% underweight in rural areas in Kenya.
- Common diseases are a burden on the health of children, lowering their ability to do well in school or even attend school and make a living later on.
- One recent statistics in Kenya showed that children who received de-worming pills for two years, giving a improvement to their levels of nutrition, had higher earnings as adults.
Each camp varies but the services we aim to provided include but not limited to:
- Family planning
- Minor treatments
- Dental check ups
- Cancer screening
- VCT (Volunteer Counselling & Testing) – HIV testing and counselling
- How will we equip our camps
We target to find charitable hospitals, whether run by the government or private sectors, are always in deplorable conditions and cannot keep up with the growing demand of patients. M-sadaka Trust aims to collect new and used medical equipment and supplies as well as medicines in the country for our In-Kind Donations project for use in hospitals and clinics enabling them to provide better service to the poor.Before acquiring equipment from hospitals, we have need of the hospital administration to sign a contract agreeing that the equipment are being donated:
- Will be used to treat the poor and those in need
- Will remain as the property of M-sadaka Trust
Will not be removed from the hospital premises without hospital’s permission
Benefits of ability to access health services
As M-sadaka Trust we aspire to address this issue on public health to provide vital health services for the community through medical camps which will improve current statistics.
According to statistics done by WHO
- Less than 50%of children with suspected pneumonia in low income countries are taken to an appropriate health provider
- Health worker density about 44%of WHO Member States report to have less than 1 physician per 1000 population
- 23%of all children under 5 years were stunted in 2017
We ask for your support to make a change in communities around us.
Thank you in advance.