Every week, abandoned children are rescued and placed at Mogra Chidren Home and other CCIs for protection and care. All children admitted have health issues because of circumstances under which they are abandoned. The frequent health issues include pneumonia, skin diseases, malnutrition, heart problems, cerebral palsy etc . Getting Health services in Kenya is a challenge even in government facilities. A recent research by a local media house shows that waiting time for most facilities is 3hrs.
Taking sick children to government health facilities is very challenging. It takes upto 3 waiting hours to be seen by a doctor. This does not include time taken to queue for laboratory investigations and other services. Medicines are not available and one has to buy from pharmacists even for in-patients. Private hospitals are very expensive for institutions like us and individuals. The government does not offer free healthcare for abandoned children even after rescue and placement.
Funds raised from this project will be directed towards purchasing of medicines and paying the pediatrician who treats the children. We intend to use our Health Care Clinic located within the Home to provide health services to our children. This way, we will greatly reduce time taken to attend to a sick child hence save more lives. We will avoid admissions to outside health facilities that are very expensive and a logistical nightmare for the home since every child is admitted with a care giver.
The long term-impact of the project will be to reduce costs incurred through taking children to outside facilities. Sick children will be treated on time hence avoid other life threatening complications. Some of these children are eligible for legal adoption and most adoptive parents want to adopt healthy children. We do not want any child to miss an opportunity to grow in a family due to health complications. The home has a total of over 370 other children who will benefit in long term.