Surgery is an essential part of healthcare. Yet 5 billion people lack access to basic surgical care around the world. AMPATH Surgery aims to improve access to surgery in Western Kenya by leading with patient care. Rooted in care, we work to strengthen surgical education and research in the region, focused on making a visible and sustained impact for the surgical needs of more than 4 million people who live in Western Kenya.
Financial constraints are a major factor limiting access to surgical care in Western Kenya. For poor families, saving enough money for a simple surgical procedure can mean foregoing a child's grade school tuition, trading livestock, or selling property. Many hospitals lack even basic surgical supplies, and the availability of trained surgeons and surgical staff in many facilities is inadequate.
AMPATH is responding to these challenges by finding cost-effective, high-impact ways to provide quality surgical care to those who need it most. From covering the cost of surgical care for a young woman needing lifesaving surgery to providing wound dressings for a man after cancer surgery, all donations will directly enable the AMPATH surgery program to save lives and reduce suffering.
Surgical diseases not only threaten health in the short term, but they can be a major barrier to economic advancement over the long term. Helping patients overcome surgical diseases can empower them to continue to build on their own future, their family's future, and the future of their community.