3,000 children to benefit from free medical checkup in Kakamega
Over 3,000 children aged 0 to 13 years old are set to benefit from free medical checkup screening and treatment, courtesy of ambitious medical outreach program by Dr. Little Kenya, a not for profit organization.
The medical outreach program will not only offer medical checkup but also educate the community health volunteers and on how to deal with chronic diseases like Diabetes. According to a research done by Kenya medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Western part of the country remains highly rated for Child Infant Mortality, with one in every 19 children not reaching their fifth birthday.
“Every child’s future, is important and should be protected. We could have the next Eliud Kipchoge among the less privileged, therefore we are committed to ensure that every child has a chance to achieve their dreams by providing sustainable healthcare solutions.” said Dr. Jeremiah Richard, founder of Dr. Little Kenya.
Dr. little Kenya has partnered with the county government and other organizations in previous medical outreach programs which they have held in Kiambu and Nairobi county. They have offered free medical treatment to over 1,000 Kids. This includes facilitating a hip surgery for one of the kids aged 14 years who was diagnosed with osteomyelitis which gained him a prosthetic leg.
“I would like to thank Dr. Little for helping me, I don’t know if I would still be alive if they had not paid for my hip surgery. Now I can go to school and play with my friends and just be a normal child.” said James Frank one of the beneficiaries.
The third UN sustainable development goal good health and well-being calls for an end to preventable deaths of newborns and children under age 5, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 deaths per 1,000 live births and under-five mortality to at least as low as 25 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2030. With commitment from NGO’s such as Dr. Little Kenya as well as corporate partners, proper government policies and appropriate resources this can be achieved.
Dr. Little Kenya is constantly evolving and learning from global trends. They intend to introduce a more innovative platform that will be able to leverage on data to improve access to healthcare.