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.