Faraja's main mandate initially was to provide information and therapies to aid patients through their chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. However, with an increased cancer burden in Kenya ( annual mortality of 28,000) there is a higher demand for financial assistance for patients. The Faraja Medical Support Fund aims to give the right treatment at the right time to up to children and adults with cancer in Kenya.
1. There are only 14 registered oncologists in Kenya for a population of 45million (compared to 766 in the UK. This leads to an annual mortality rate of 27,000 a year due to cancer compared to 7 in 10 in the developed world. 2. Cancer treatment is hugely expensive - even for those who can afford it the resources are sparse. Radiotherapy treatment in Kenya is offered publicly and subsidized at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya's largest referral hospital. However, there are only 3 func
Get the right treatment at the right time. Cancer statistics in Kenya are scary. Just 1 in 10 children survive compared to 7/10 in developed countries and 14 oncologists and 3 cancer wards for a population of 42 million leading to over 1 year wait lists. Over 70% of the cancer is also diagnosed when it is already advanced and too late. Faraja knows how to get people the right treatment at the right time - saving many lives. Please take 5 minutes to read the attached brochure for full details.
Giving hope to thousands of adults and children living with cancer. Within the next 2 years Faraja aims to raise 1 million US dollars for a special purpose medical fund which will provide life-saving grants, such as chemotherapy and radiation. Over the past 2 years a pilot project where they have given life-saving grants to 42 people and over 90% are well today. I know they can save many more lives with our help, and this will be our motivation to complete get to the top of this mountain!