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Health, Life & Hope for Kenya (William Kwass)

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EVENT DATE Nov 27, 2014

THE STORY:

This December, myself along with two other third year Medical Students, physicians and healthcare providers hope to bring a memorable holiday to the people of Kenya.

We will be providing crucial healthcare and preventative health education to the people of the Nyanza Province in Western Kenya in collaboration with the “Bonyo’s Kenya Mission” at the Mama Pilista Bonyo Memorial Health Centre (For more information on the sustainable health efforts of Bonyo’s Kenya Mission in Western Kenya visit their website at: www.bonyoskenyamission.org).

Chronic malaria, Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, infant/maternal mortality, parasitic illness and other tropical diseases are just a few of the many life-threatening ailments inflicting the residents of this region. Together, malaria, TB and AIDS killed 5.7 Million people in 2012, accounting for one-tenth of deaths worldwide. These preventable diseases are the biggest burdens and major child-killers in Africa and as such Kenya is designated a priority country in the WHO Strategic Health Plan.

Malaria is a leading killer, especially of children, estimated to cause the death of about 3000 kids per day. The majority of these deaths are children under the age of 5 and over 90% of the cases are in Africa. Africa spends over 12 Billion USD/year on chronic malaria treatment while this disease could be controlled for a fraction of that sum through education, mosquito nets, insect repellent and Anti-malarial drugs that cost pennies per dose. Our goal is to significantly reduce the incidence in this region.

TB and HIV/AIDS affect approximately 30% of the people in Western Kenya. Prevention of these diseases is much more effective and cost-productive than treatment of these diseases. For example, to become vaccinated against TB costs about $75-$100 while TB treatment costs about $2000 per patient, however rises more than hundredfold to $250,000 for a patient with drug-resistant TB! The ability to not only diagnose and treat, but to educate and prevent these diseases, can drastically help to end this endemic in Africa and particularly Kenya.

Compared to the $8,895 spent per person in America on healthcare the average health expenditure per person in Kenya is only $84/year and the people living in the remote villages and rural regions of Kenya typically don’t benefit from any of that money. Over the years, Dr. Bonyo has provided free healthcare and preventative measures to thousands of patients in this underserved area where 70% of the population lacks access to healthcare.

In order to maintain this invaluable recourse and to continue to perpetuate health and higher quality of life for the people of Western Kenya I am asking for YOUR help too!  I am extremely grateful for any contribution you are able to make! Thank you for your consideration

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