EPILEPSY INFORMATION CARAVAN
The Kenya Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy (KAWE) raised awareness regarding
epilepsy via a road show that reached 17600 people. Spanning 14 counties including Nairobi, Meru, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Laikipia, Bomet, Kisumu, Makueni, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia.
KAWE liaised with health facilities in these counties to provide epilepsy management services. Aside from the obvious health challenges they face, epileptics suffer from social stigma because of traditional superstitions and a general misunderstanding of their condition. Not all Kenyans realize that epilepsy is simply a medical condition that can be successfully treated affording patients a life free of seizures.
The Epilepsy Caravan passed through the major towns in the counties with scheduled stops made during market days to maximize the number of people reached. The team on the caravan included clinicians, community health workers, and volunteers who suffer from epilepsy. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 3,100,000.
According to recent government estimates,approximately 2.7m people in Kenya are currently in need of food aid – with 23 of the 47 counties significantly affected. The recent droughts that commenced in December 2016 made a devastating impact on the country’s overall water table, with people, livestock, wild animals, and vegetation all affected.
In partnership with Ahadi Kenya and Mediamax Kenya, Lotto Foundation brought humanitarian relief to countless people in arid and semi-arid regions that were affected by the drought — in keeping with our mandate for the promotion of Kenyan health and fostering community ties.
The key partners are working closely with county governments to ensure that the initiative targets the worst affected areas and prioritises the households that are most in need. Mr. Brian Waluchio, chairman of Lotto Foundation said, “As Kenyans, we need to rise up and be our brother’s keeper, we need to do all that we can to help those who are facing starvation, not just by giving them food aid but also by creating resilience. Drought hinders economic performance, and deprives communities of their assets, livelihoods, and labour force – all too often locking the populations affected into endemic poverty cycles.”
There is thus a clear need to empower our people with adaptable farming skills and advise them to plant more drought resistant crops to ensure that we raise the level of food security across the country. Dr. Stanley Kamau of Ahadi Kenya confirmed the food donated would ensure that the less privileged and most vulnerable people get relief from the ravaging drought.
The initiative has so far covered 20 counties, namely: Nyeri, Makueni, Nairobi, Wajir, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita
Taveta, Tharaka-Nithi, Kirinyaga, Isiolo, Laikipia, Migori, West-Pokot, Marsabit, Turkana and Samburu,
Garrisa, Mandera, Narok, and Tana-River Counties. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 40,000,000.
Lotto Foundation partnered with CURE International Hospital to purchase a HDU (High
Dependency Unit) patient monitor and a ward monitor. The CURE International Hospital is an orthopedic hospital that serves the entire country and neighboring East African countries.
The centre specializes in orthopedic and ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgery for children and has conducted over 30,000 operations on disabled children in the 18 years since its inception. The key beneficiaries of this project are Kenyan children with disabilities who without treatment would likely suffer a lifelong debilitating condition, social stigma attached to their disability, and economic deprivation due to reduced productivity.
Needless to say, the initiative also greatly benefits their families. Her Excellency Margret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, who commissioned the machines, thanked Lotto Foundation for its dedication and commitment to improving healthcare nationwide. To date, the Foundation has granted Ksh 823,660 to the hospital, which will go towards the purchase of both ward and HDU monitors.
KIKUYU HOSPITAL ULTRASOUND MACHINE
With a legacy of over a century in operation, Kikuyu Hospital is one of the oldest public hospitals in Kenya – founded in 1908. It was originally established as an eye hospital but has now grown to provide comprehensive care to patientsfrom across East and Central Africa, catering to over 400 hundred outpatients per day, and up to 150,000 annually.
The Hospital also offers community outreach programmes to people with no access to treatment, such as those from marginalized communities, children homes, and homes for the aged. With approximately 8,000 admissions and 10,000 surgeries conducted annually, together with a full time workforce of 430 people, the positive impact of the hospital within the region is undisputed.
When Lotto Foundation was informed that their only ultrasound machine was quite dated and not producing clear scans, often leading to incorrect diagnosis, a grant of Ksh 4,000,000 was provided to replace the old equipment with a brand new machine.
Located on Namanga Road along the Athi just 2km outside Kajiado town, the AIC Kajiado Child Care Centre was established by missionaries in 1979 for the purpose of feeding malnourished children. Influenced by an increasing number of children with disabilities that have no place in the society, the Centre has gradually transitioned into a rehabilitation clinic for children with disabilities and has offered rehabilitation services to 63,024 people within Kajiado County.
A variety of crucial services are available, including physiotherapy, vaccinations, HIV/Aids testing, and home care for immobilized patients. Devices such as artificial and prosthetic limbs, arm and leg braces, crutches, walking frames, and wheelchairs are all manufactured and maintained in an affiliated workshop.
Kajiado ranks among the lowest in education levels and the highest in illiteracy levels amongst women of all the Kenyan counties, primarily owing to the large Maasai community and their attitude towards the role of women in society. Most people in the region do not seek medical attention when they fall ill, as they do not know how and where to access it, or simply do not appreciate how important it is.
Educating this community on healthy living empowers them to manage existing illnesses, reduce the number of new and preventable illnesses, and reduce overall mortality rates. Generally, the project aims to increase overall health by fostering positive attitudes towards healthcare and increasing the education levels and scope of healthcare services available.
More specifically, the project aims to:
○ Assess approximately 1600 children Determine their health status and their level of
○ Provide approximately 250 malnourished
children with nutrition supplements under a
○ Teach 120 primary school pupils about good
○ Train teachers to be facilitators in the implementation
of health education
○ Establish health clubs within three of the local
○ Train 600 members of the community on basic
health care, hygienic practices, and how to
get balanced diet from locally available foods
○ Train mothers on reproductive health, both
antenatal and post-natal, with a view to
reducing avoidable congenital disabilities
The Foundation donated Ksh 2,854,000 towards imparting practical knowledge on health literacy through demonstrations, one-on-one and focus group discussions, oral questionnaires, and workshops.
Ambulance Mashinani project by Lotto Foundation and Ahadi Kenya is honoured as one of the initiatives that complement the Beyond Zero project in improving access to health care. Lotto Foundation donated the Kiambu Ambulance Mashinani to the First Lady, Kiambu County- Madam Philomena Kabogo during a Beyond Zero medical camp clinic at Ngarariga village in Limuru.
The event was graced by the UNAIDS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR Victoria Beckham who was in the country to raise awareness on maternal child health and the plight of children living in poverty.
Hospital visits in Kenya are often avoided evenin cases when an individual is in desperate need of medical attention. Through the experiences acquired on the anti-jigger campaign, it became clear that the majority of jigger victims do not visit the hospital for treatment simply because there is no available transport or because the roads are impassible.
This also applied to those suffering from a wide variety of other illnesses and as a result, the patients do not seek the requisite medical treatment and the illnesses progress unnecessarily. To address this issue, Ahadi Kenya Trust initiated a project dubbed Ambulance Mashinani that gives patients a functional mode of transport to the hospital while providing them with emotional support and reassurance.
This invaluable service comprises low-cost ambulances powered by a motorbike and covered with a canvas to protect the patient from heat, sunlight, rain and dust, that ensures confidentiality and dignity en route to the hospital. The Lotto Foundation provided financial support for the purchasing of ambulances in all 47 counties in Kenya.
The ambulances were received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, in a ceremony held at the State House grounds during which the First Lady acknowledged and thanked initiatives that support Beyond Zero, such as Ambulance Mashinani. She went on to thank every Kenyan who has supported Beyond Zero since its inception.
“We must take steady steps to ensure we reach the goal of zero percent child mortality rate. This is within the reach of the Kenyan people” said Mrs. Kenyatta. Brian Waluchio, chairman of Lotto Foundation, confirmed our commitment to quality healthcare and economic development. “I am extremely optimistic about the potential impacts that this initiative will have on our development as a country,” said Mr. Waluchio.
“The first and most important form of wealth that one can have is good health. The Lotto Foundation hopes to participate in more partnerships to make this a reality for all Kenyan citizens, regardless of their location,” he added.
Ambulance Mashinani is celebrated as one of the initiatives that complement the Beyond Zero project in improving access to health care. Lotto Foundation donated the Kiambu Ambulance Mashinani to the First Lady of Kiambu County, Madam Philomena Kabogo during a Beyond Zero medical camp clinic at Ngarariga village in Limuru.
The event was honoured by the presence of UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador Victoria Beckham, who was visiting Kenya on a mission to raise awareness on maternal child health and the plight of childrenliving in poverty. Lotto Foundation funded the project with a grant of Ksh 24,500,000.
Lotto Foundation, AIC CURE International, and Media Max have come together with an objective of extending comprehensive specialized orthopedic care to children living with disabilities in Kenya and sensitizing the general public on the same in a project dubbed ‘Help Me Walk’.
This project is helping needy patients living with disabilities such as clubfoot,burn contractures, spine deformities and other acquired or congenital conditions in receiving surgical intervention, mobility assistive devices or rehabilitative physiotherapy care from AIC CURE International hospital.
The beneficiaries of this project are the needy children living with disabilities in Kenya. Who, for a long time have been isolated or stigmatized due to societal misconceptions about deformity and have not been able to access specialized health care for one reason or another.
The project model ensures that communities from the 47 counties in Kenya benefit from these services through mobile clinics. The mobile clinics are a part of the project’s solution to socio- economic challenges faced by families with physically challenged children. The Project was launched at one of the mobile clinics at ACK Kitale Church ground on the 13th of September 2017. An occasion that was graced by H.E The first Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
These mobile clinics target to serve all the children living with disabilities in the country and we have so far launched the project in 6 other counties: Nyeri, Meru, Embu Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos. Through the clinics held at the respective counties, more than 700 cchildren have already received free orthopedic services; consultations, physiotherapy care, occupational therapy and ortho-tech care.
15 other mobile clinics will be conducted under the project to make sure that these services get to as many children living with disability around the country as possible. In the coming months, we will be visiting several other counties among them: Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa, Samburu, Taita Taveta and Kitui.
We will also do follow up visits to places we visited to make sure that patients follow through with the recommendation the doctors made. Under the same project, 39 children living with disability have already gone through free surgery at A.I.C CURE international hospital Kijabe and more than 20 mobility assistive devices given to children in need of them.Lotto Foundation granted the project Ksh 13,000,000.
In collaboration with Ahadi Kenya Trust, Lotto Foundation tackles the issue of jigger infestation,
visiting homesteads across Kenya to educatefamily members on prevention and control of Tunga
Pentrans, commonly referred to as the jigger, and to assist with and monitor the treatment process.
Aside from its obvious effects on health, jigger infestation also negatively impacts education as
children are unable to walk to school, write properly, or participate in normal learning activities at
the same level as unaffected children. This, coupled with the intimidating ridicule and stigma they receive from their peers, leads to lower self-esteem, repeated absenteeism from school, and in some
cases, permanent withdrawal from the education system.
This path has devastating affects on the children in the long term. Statistics from Ahadi Kenya Trust, in partnership with the Ministry of Education indicate that over 1.8 million children are infected with jiggers, with more than 10% of them permanently withdrawing from education as a result. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 11,500,000 to the Jigger treatment project.