Please help us make basic healthcare services accessible to poor and underserved communities in and near Naivasha, Kenya
Overview: Today, the majority of Kenyans living 30+ miles outside of Nairobi do not have adequate access to basic medical care services to help them manage serious diseases and infections. Since private hospitals are reserved for the rich, the poor people in surrounding towns have no choice but to make long trips to bigger cities to get quality and decent healthcare that they can barely afford.
Through Project C.U.R.E., the Kijiji Medical Center, and your help, we hope to make basic hospital healthcare service accessible to everyone in the town of Naivasha.
Great News: Project C.U.R.E. already has access to all of the medical equipment and supplies that will be packed into a 40-foot container and shipped all the way from the US to Kijiji Hospital in Naivasha. All Project C.U.R.E. needs is to raise the $30,000 that is needed to get the two 40-foot containers to Naivasha.
Problem #1: Diseases
Today in Kenya, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other common diseases are on the rise. That’s probably why, according to a recent study, it is estimated that 5 million people die in the world every year due to poor-quality health care in low and middle-income countries.
Additionally, almost 80% of Africans rely on less than ideal public health facilities for help with medical problems. Not to mention, the poorly paid doctors are always on strike in these poorly managed and poorly equipped public health facilities, which leaves countless patients alone, unsupported, and left to die.
Problem #2: Private Hospital Costs
Additionally, in Kenya, unlike other developed countries like the U.S. or most countries in Europe, private hospitals are very, very expensive. Only the local rich and elite individuals can afford the services in these hospitals, alienating a majority of the population that is in dire need of medical help and support.
There are public hospitals in Kenya; however, most of them are poorly managed, which means that patients who go to those facilities do not receive the care, attention, and medicine they need to get better. With the average Kenyan only making the equivalent of $5 per day, these public health care facilities are just not able to give long term support to those suffering from serious diseases and infections.
The Kijiji Medical Center – Dialysis Services
In order to do something about this healthcare disparity that wreaks havoc on the households and families below the affluent income line, Kijiji Medical Center was founded as a nonprofit hospital dialysis clinic.
Founded by Mrs. Veronica Kabaki, the Kijiji Medical Center was created to provide better access to healthcare services to the underserved communities of Kenya. Already operational and established, the center is already saving many lives by providing much-needed dialysis sessions to chronic kidney failure patients.
The medical center plans to expand into a fully-fledged hospital in a new facility that is located just outside of the town of Naivasha, just roughly 50 miles outside of Nairobi in the Great Rift Valley. As Naivasha continues to grow and expand as a community, the healthcare demands and requirements are increasing, placing pressure on local medical facilities to accommodate the nearby residents.
In order to provide enough services to the number of people living nearby, this campaign seeks your help to equip Kijiji's new facility.
In the past, Naivasha residents had to drive all the way to Nairobi to receive any kind of professional medical service, particularly for dialysis treatments that so many Kenyans need to manage kidney disease. This trip was too far and too expensive, leaving many to die without the medical services they needed.
That’s what brought the founder of Kijiji Hospital and Project C.U.R.E. together.
What is Project C.U.R.E.?
Based in Denver, Colorado, Project C.U.R.E. (which stands for the Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) is a nonprofit organization that sends medical equipment and technology all over the world, particularly to communities that do not have access to basic healthcare services. Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. sent its first medical equipment and supplies delivery to Brazil to help the doctors and medical staff in need of support there.
Since then, the nonprofit has grown to include six warehouses throughout the United States, shipping to over 130 countries to date.
Project C.U.R.E. always waits for an invitation. They do not insert their support in communities that are not asking for their help. Additionally, they provide an in-depth assessment and analysis to identify the critical medical equipment and supplies that are missing in the hospital. This assessment has already been conducted and approved for Kijiji.
Working to produce better equipment, streamlined services, and targeted support for those in need, Project C.U.R.E. is determined to do something about the state of healthcare in the town of Naivasha.
Our Funding Goals
In order to equip Kijiji hospital with the safest and most advanced medical technology and machinery available today, we are aiming to raise $30,000 through this campaign. This is the price we have estimated it will cost to send the two 40-foot shipping containers of the much needed medical equipment and supplies to Kenya. With the $30,000, we will be able to provide the medical services that are desperately needed including:
● MRI and CT Scan
● Dental care
● Maternity Wing
● Cervical cancer screening
● Fully equipped lab
Every penny that is raised through this campaign will go directly to Project C.U.R.E. to help with this medical mission for Kijiji Hospital.
We believe that access to basic health care and medical support services is a human right that every person in the world deserves. In Kenya, we want to do something about that.
We need your help, please.
The facility is brand new and in excellent condition. They just need to be able to actually provide the services that people require. Kijiji already has plenty of space that is already available in two large rooms and another six smaller rooms.
It is time to make healthcare accessible to the poor communities in and around the town of Naivasha. It is a basic human right that we all deserve.
Healthcare is more than a commodity; it is a basic human right, an essential safeguard of human life and dignity.
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