Many congenital disorders such as clubfoot and spina bifida are treatable, but in rural Kenya, children with disabilities may not have access to medical services that could prevent or reverse their conditions. A Better World’s Surgery and Rehab Service aims to correct this lack of access by offering corrective surgery and post-operation rehabilitation to the children of rural Kenya.
The cost of each surgery and post-operation rehab is $300. This includes accommodation and proper nutrition at one of our three rehabilitation centers during the recovery process. The children also receive physiotherapy to ensure they gain as much mobility as possible. A rehab and physio team from Canada visits our centres at least once a year to support local staff and offer training.
A service spearheaded by Dr. Ken Hill, A Better World has offered surgery and rehabilitation in the Kendu Bay area since the organization’s inception in 1990. Our involvement originally consisted of locating and identifying children with disabilities in rural parts of Kenya so that they could receive proper medical attention. At that time, many children could not walk as a result of the polio epidemic.
A Better World then began to arrange surgeries at local hospitals while also training local medical professionals to provide post-operation rehabilitation. Each year, the program grew, and at the end of 2015, the Ministry of Health in Kenya reported that 10,000 children successfully received mobility since the service began.
Today, A Better World continues its commitment to these children by providing not only surgery and rehabilitation, but also mobility devices, recovery centres, and professional development for local therapists.
Please view the stories of Jefferson and Catherine—two students with disabilities whose lives were greatly impacted by your generosity.
The following are a sample of the 71 surgical cases completed during 2016 and sponsored by A Better World Canada donors. These included correction of congenital ankle and foot disorders (club foot), release of skin contractures secondary to burn injuries, and insertion of shunt and repair of neural sack for spina bifida.