The Child Health Care Problem
The main problems we have address in our local community related to:
- Home deliveries
- Failure to take child for immunization programs
- Poverty related nutrition problmes
- Child diseases related to room congestion, hygiene and poor environmental conditions
Our Objectives with Relation to Child Health Care
- Build a functional, well equipped and affordable hospital to provide all types of treatment and care for the affected child
- Use available media to promote child health and nutrition
- Participate at a local level in government and non-governmental medical forums to campaign for better child health
- Advocate againist child abuse and fight for the rights of the child
Selected Case: The Story of Child Mohammed Jibril Abdi - Care in Given in Time
When young Mohamed Jibril Abdi was born through caesarean section on the 26th day of July 2011, he was whole, normal and ready to start the long and torturous journey of life in Kenya. On the second day of his life, the hospital administered an injection on his left thigh, which the mother thought was a normal immunization. He showed no sign of ill health until some strange pain caught up with him within hours of discharge from hospital. The new-born went on to spend his first night at home crying himself hoarse with the equally first time mother discovering a swollen toe on the left leg, which was quickly turning from purple-bluish to black in colour by the fifth day. Upon return to hospital, nothing was found to have been the matter and the poor boy was taken back home still in pain and tears. His refugee mother who neither speaks English nor Swahili – the languages of communication in Kenya – could not interrogate more and explain the situation and happenings to her baby shortly after birth. She could remember though, that the boy had been given an injection in the thigh, reasons for which she could not have prodded due to language barrier. When Safeway Medical Clinic followed up on the matter, the hospital reported that the injection had been for Vitamins which is normally administered to all new born babies.
Hell turned loose on young Mohamed when the supposed edema drastically turned into gangrene within days. Taken back to the hospital yet another time, he was readmitted and finally Safeway took up the matter and referred the case to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialized attention.
At the referral facility – Kenyatta being the largest and most equipped hospital in East Africa – due to congestion, young Mohamed did not get his MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) done in good time thus further complicating matters for his aching leg. Nonetheless, when the process was eventually done, the specialist doctors recommended that the leg be amputated. He was thus at the hospital for three months. This was the beginning of another face of life for young Mohamed. Life became especially difficult given that his single mother had no form of employment on which to find survival.
It was then that Safeway Medical Clinic and its sister organization – Safe Womanhood - stepped in to aid the mother. The twin organizations provides for food and shelter as well as necessary medical care for the both the boy and the mother. This is anchored under the Home-based Care program. The organizations have also ensured that the much needed prosthesis has been done and is now complete. Young Mohammed has thus been fitted with a special shoe and can now walk and do all that his age mates can do.
In the Pipeline
Build a functional, well equipped and affordable hospital to provide all types of treatment and care for the affected child