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Meeting the surgical needs of children refugees in East Africa

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Bethany Relief and Rehabilitation International

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

BethanyKids is a medical NGO helping refugee children in East Africa who are displaced from their countries of Somalia, Sudan, and other parts of East Africa due to drought and/or conflict. Many of them end up with their families in very large UNHCR Refugee Camps such as Dadaab and Kakuma, both in Kenya. The children we help are those requiring surgery to address medical conditions such as hydrocephalus, spina bifida, burns, cleft lips/palates, and other paediatric conditions.

The video to which a link is provided was made by SmileTrain which is one of BethanyKids’ funding partners specifically for the funding of cleft lip/palate surgery. It describes some of the work done by Dr. Dan Poenaru, Clinical Director for BethanyKids, with refugee children.

What is your project and how will it help?

Small medical teams from BethanyKids visit both the Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps on a regular basis to conduct clinics and screen children who would benefit from paediatric surgery. Those children are placed on a waiting list and are subsequently transported to Kijabe, Kenya with the help of UNHCR where BethanyKids has hospital operating facilities and inpatient paediatric beds available at the AIC (Africa Inland Church) Kijabe Hospital. Trained BethanyKids surgeons, both ex-pat and African, operate on these children at no cost to the children’s families and are cared for by BethanyKids staff through their recovery. The children are then transported back to the Refugee Camp to be reunited with their parents. BethanyKids covers the hospital costs for these children from its own generated resources.

This project brings substantive improvement to the lives of these children on a physical level, and in fact frequently means the difference between life and death at an early age. It gives hope to the parents for their children in the midst of what must often seem a hopeless situation for them and their children.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

The primary need from a partner is that of financial resources to help cover the cost of operating on these children and then caring for them as hospital inpatients for however long is required. This cost averages about $400 US per patient which is borne by BethanyKids.

Please detail the resources that you need.

In 2011 we operated on approximately 125 refugee children. (This is one aspect of our mandate which, among other things, consists of operating on over 2,000 children per year.) To support this activity with refugee children we need a total of about $50,000 US per year. Our current need to meet this target in 2012 is for $20,000 US.

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Africa: Kenya

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Children, youth and family welfare; Disability issues; HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, health...show all (4)

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  • Contact details exchanged
    11 May 2015 12:22 GMT

    Billion Actions
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    S. Utama says: (THERE ARE MILLION OF NGO BEHIND) NOW WE ALSO INVITE YOU JOIN TO BUILD WORLD NGO CENTRAL BANK TO FUNDING ALL NGO AND HUMANITY ACTIVITIES, IN EMERGENCY TO HELP THREE BILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS, UNEMPLOYED AND INJUSTICE IN THE WORLD WAR WITH GLOBAL WARMING.

    Would you please inform this to all of your colleagues and let us stand up together with our organization to realize this...