Sickness and disease is rife in poverty stricken slum villages of Kenya. With poor sanitation and hygiene challenges, infection spreads quickly and this can prove fatal in case of children.
Raising money for medical care is still a tall order in remote areas and informal settlements. Many people die because they cannot raise money for treatment. Some cannot even afford to raise money for their transportation to hospital.
Virginia Muthee, 24, is one such person who toils to make ends meet in Lunga Lunga slums. The little money she gets from odd jobs cannot be enough to feed her three children. She had lost hope of her sickling children ever recovering ailment, except through God’s power, since extra money for medical care was hard to come by.
But Virginia’s despair turned into jubilation as team of doctors from St John Ambulance came to her rescue. Her little kids were given medical checkup and medicine without paying for the services.
Virginia is one of the thousands of needy residents from several parts of the country who benefit from community healthcare programs organized by St John Ambulance.
Although the new Constitution in Kenya guarantees proper medical care for all, a vast majority, especially those living in slum areas still suffers from lack of proper medical attention.
High level of poverty has made it difficult for many to access health care, and existing public hospitals are also limited and cannot meet the healthcare demands for ever expanding population, which now stand at about 40 million people.
The St John community health programs shall go a long way in improving the quality of life for needy people living in slums and those in remote rural areas.