Chronic diseases, and particularly cancer and cardiac issues have had a significant impact on my life and the life of my extended family and friends. I am fortunate at 56 years of age to be of sound body, something far too many others cannot claim as they have been afflicted by one form of chronic disease or another.
So I will get my 56 year old body into the best shape I can in order to successfully make the trek up to the Lanana peak of Mt. Kenya at 16,535 feet. As I get in shape I am mindful of the daily struggle others have to go through in their battle with chronic diseases. When someone has a chronic disease at home it is very, very tough. Here in Kenya it is regrettably even more difficult due to the lack of trained personnel, adequate facilities and adequate equipment. At present there are 10 oncologists in all of Kenya and a very, very limited number of facilities that even provide treatment. The only facility that provides treatment for those of lesser means is Jomo Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi and it is overwhelmed with demand from both Kenya and the surrounding countries. The next possibility is Kampala, Uganda. Unfortunately, for those diagnosed with cancer or chronic heart disease, the chance of receiving treatment is very slim and the consequence of that is devastating to the families.
Thanks to the vision and determination on the part of doctors at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and the Indiana University led Ampath Consortium there is now a dynamic effort to change the tide of this struggle. A new 110,00 sf Chronic Care facility is under construction that will house not only treatment space for chronic diseases, but will also provide research and educational facilities. The building is approximately 45% complete and is scheduled for completion in January of 2015. There continues to be a need for additional funding not only for the building, but also, as importantly, the education of Kenyans in oncology, radiation oncology, cardiac and pulmonary care and diabetes. Equipping a facility of this nature is also a financial challenge.
Clearly our climb to the Lanana peak of Mt. Kenya is not going to raise all of funds needed, however, each dollar and each shilling will make a significant difference. I am fortunate to be able to undertake this climb with a great bunch of people working towards the same end……..to bring quality care to our Kenyan, Ugandan, Tanzanian and Ethiopian friends and families so that they may live a full life.
Your support will be greatly appreciated. You can meet the climbers and make a donation by going to: http://iufoundation.fundly.com/mt-kenya-climb Your donation is tax deductible also !
Asante sana for your consideration!!!