Established in 2012, our flagship project responds to one of the most critical needs and problems in rural areas: the lack or absence of access to adequate health care by the poorest disabled people.
We work to alleviate barriers that traditionally bar access to emergency health care for disabled people in extreme poverty:
- transportation and associated costs
- consultation fees
- examination costs
- costs of emergency interventions e.g. surgery
- the costs of medication (especially for those with chronic conditions)
- social, cultural and political barriers to quality health care e.g. linguistic and cultural barriers for indigenous people
Over the years we have provided direct access to quality and dignified medical examinations, interventions and surgery at no cost to those we have helped. Where we could not fund these directly, we liaised and networked and connected people to other organisations and institutions that could support. We have and continue to provide effective access to health care in a range of specialised areas including:
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Orthopedic surgery
Because many of those we work with have chronic conditions and live in extreme poverty, we also support, day in day out a number of people with their medication. Without this, many would see their conditions worsen, for some a life threatening sentence. Our field workers are responsible for purchasing and delivering the medication to families, capacity building on medication intake, monitoring and reporting to doctors for follow-up purposes.
We also organise transport and cover the costs of emergency transportation in times of crises, day and night.
For disabled people and their families, the knowledge that we are there whatever happens, has made an incredible difference to lives lived in perpetual insecurity and fear of the unknown.