Sometimes GHP gets it exactly right.
Young Mary Mutinda now has a normal heart.
Mary is a young Kenyan girl who nearly died of her congenital cardiac deformity before she turned thirteen. She suffered from coarctation of the aorta, a simple but lethal cardiac malformation. The only treatment for this tight spot in her aorta was surgery. She comes from a loving but desperately poor family who could never even afford the diagnostic echocardiogram to diagnose her problem.
Mary was seen in the Kisesini health center where the brilliant Kenyan nurses diagnosed her problem. It took many months to complete the diagnostic procedures and arrange her surgery. One year ago Mary underwent open heart surgery performed in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by the generous donors of Global Health Partnerships. Today, a one year follow-up echocardiogram shows her heart has returned to normal.
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Children are dying needlessly.
Global Health Partnerships can help!
Health care for the very poor in Kenya has suffered.
This year, more children have died from treatable infectious diseases and from lack of immunizations in Kenya than during any other time since Global Health Partnerships has been serving there. Why is this happening? First, the doctors were on strike for more than three months over issues of basic pay and working conditions. Now, Kenyan nurses have been on strike since mid-May over poor pay and intolerable working conditions. Most recently the Kenyan Supreme Court has called for repeat national elections, causing more chaos and disruption of services. Meanwhile, infants and children have been dying at an unprecedented rate due to health problems that can be treated.
Community Health Workers, trained and supported by GHP, have still been visiting newborns. However, once they identify an ill infant, access to hospital care is more difficult than ever.
Global Health Partnerships can help. We can provide transportation, care, medicine, and support to families with sick children.
Don’t let these children die needlessly.
Global Health Partnerships can help.
What happens when the Kenyan doctors are on strike and an unborn baby is in trouble?
Kenyan doctors working in the public hospitals have been paid a salary that is so meager they cannot support their families, usually between $400 and $800/month. After years of frustration with the Kenyan Health Ministry they went out on strike earlier this year.
When a young, pregnant mother arrived at the Kisesini Clinic in prolonged labor with fetal distress it was obvious the baby and perhaps the mother would die if a Cesarean section were not performed as quickly as possible. Although the Kenyan nurses who staff the clinic are experts at assisting in complicated deliveries, a C-section must be done by a physician in a hospital setting. Because the public hospitals were on strike, the mother was taken immediately to a private hospital for her surgery. The best news is the birth of a beautiful, healthy baby with good birth scores (Apgar score) and a healthy mother who is able to raise that child. The harsh news is the bill of over $500 for a C-section at a private hospital. After selling everything, including their two goats, this family had only $50 to contribute toward their hospital bill.
Thanks to generous donors, Global Health Partnerships was able to pay this hospital bill for this family and take this tiny person and his mother home. GHP celebrates this healthy child and intact family.
You can contribute to a chance for a healthy birth for every mother within the Kisesini Clinic service area. Please consider a donation today.
Newborn Follow-up Saves Lives
In Kisesini village, as in much of Africa, the risks of an infant dying in the first year of life are extreme. The greatest danger is in the first week of life. With this in mind, GHP has trained Community Health Workers (CHWs) to recognize danger signs for infants. They visit the new mother and child in their home on the first, third, and seventh days of life. Home visitation catches problems early and allows time to get the infant to the clinic for treatment. It also allows the CHW to assess feeding and other potential problems.
You can support a Community Health Worker to make life-saving home visits on a newborn for only $10. Please help GHP extend this program.
In Kenya, we support primary health care and prevention of llness for approximately 35,000 very poor people with an emphasis on improving the health and survival of young children.
We provide direct medical services, deliver medical supplies and equipment, and provide training to local community health providers. We support outreach clinics for the very isolated.
We support a life-saving ambulance that is critical to the transportation of surgcial, medical, and obstetrical emergencies. Without this ambulance, emergency services would simply be out of reach for the 35,000 people we serve.
We support full time obstetrical services, delivered by three wonderful Kenya nurses. These services are delivered in our new maternity center.
Needs In Kenya
Funds to cover the costs of medicine, supplies, and emergency transportation. Furnishings, including beds and medical equipment, for the new maternity center. Funds to continue educational programs for the Community Health Workers who extend our medical mission to the very isolated. Donate now.
Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is a non-profit organization of medical professionals and other volunteers who work in Kenya as partners with local community organizations and health care providers to improve the health and well being of the poor and marginalized.
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