It’s been a busy week for Chaffinch and Future Stars with several children needing medical care. In Kibera, even basic healthcare can be extremely difficult to access when the choice is between medicine or a meal. Thankfully, Chaffinch supporters can make a very real difference in allowing rapid access to medical treatment.

Malaria for Musa

12-year-old Musa reported feeling very unwell when he woke on May 12th.  He was experiencing a fever and the staff were concerned that he could be suffering from malaria.

After a visit to the clinic and a rapid malaria test (a drop of blood from a finger) Musa was indeed found to have malaria. He was given medication to kill the malaria parasites and also some paracetamol to reduce his fever.

Thankfully Musa was soon feeling much better and went on to recover quickly and completely.

The cost of testing and treatment for malaria in Musa’s case cost approximately £24.

Musa at the doctor awaiting the result of his rapid malaria test
Brandon waiting to see the doctor at the clinic

A nasty infection for Brandon

On the morning of May 17th, 12-year-old Brandon was noticed to be absent from class. He was found in his bedroom at Future Stars, complaining of significant pain and swelling that were making him feel quite unwell.

A visit to the clinic led to tests and a diagnosis of a nasty infection that had also caused a hernia. It was anticipated the the hernia would resolve when the infection was cleared.

Due to the severity of the infection, Brandon required several antibiotic injections as well as plenty of pain relief. Thankfully, commencement of treatment had him feeling significantly better very quickly although he remains under observation for a while longer as the infection is treated.

With treatment ongoing, the total cost of Brandon’s care to date is approximately £72.

Brandon waiting to see the doctor at the clinic

Paediatrican assessment for Ibrahim

Since Ibrahim arrived to live at Future Stars, staff had begun expressing some concern over his posture. When Chaffinch was alerted to this and watched a video of the 9-year-old, it was decided that an assessment by a paediatrician was needed.

Photographs of Ibrahim were submitted to a doctor at a local branch of Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital – the largest children’s hospital in East Africa. From here, he was referred to a specialist clinic at Kenyatta National Hospital.

On May 18th, a member of Future Stars staff took an anxious Ibrahim to the hospital where he was seen by a paediatrician.  Following this assessment, a diagnosis was given of thoracolumbar scoliosis: a curvature of the spine. Whilst this could be congenital and have become more pronounced as he has grown, it could also be an idiopathic condition where the cause will never be known.

Plans are in place for Ibrahim to obtain x-rays that will allow the doctor to assess the extent of the curvature and determine what treatment, if any, is needed.

The doctor believes that it is unlikely that Ibrahim will require any significant intervention at this stage. He does have a full range of movement with no impairment so aggressive treatment would be inappropriate. It is more likely that he will need regular monitoring to ensure the curvature does not worsen significantly as Ibrahim continues to grow. It may be that physiotherapy and/or a brace could be beneficial.

As Ibrahim’s hospital visit meant he missed his lunch at Future Stars, he enjoyed a special treat: chicken, chips, and soda, which he ate in the taxi on the way back to Kibera. Ibrahim now wants to go to the hospital every day because he loved his special meal!

Ibrahim’s assessment and any treatment are ongoing. However, to date, the cost has been approximately £25.

Ibrahim's back, showing a curvature
Ibrahim eating a special meal, in the taxi, after his hospital appointment

An accident for Phanice

In the early evening of May 18th, 13-year-old Phanice fell whilst rushing around in the kitchen. She hit her head and sustained an injury close to her left eye. Her eye and cheek quickly swelled and were very uncomfortable.

A visit to the clinic resulted in a dressing, some pain medication, and some eye drops to prevent infection. Thankfully Phanice did not need a tetanus injection as she had one fairly recently when she sadly cut her foot on a corrugated iron sheet.

The cost of Phanice’s treatment was approximately £20.

Phanice with a swollen left eye and cheek
Phanice at the doctor having her wounds cleaned and assessed
Phanice with a dressing over her left eye

We need your help

Whilst we guarantee all reasonable healthcare costs for children sponsored through the Chaffinch Child Sponsorship Programme, accidents and illnesses do deplete our reserves, especially when we have a ‘busy’ week like this one.

Can you help us to ensure that ALL of the Future Stars children can access healthcare whenever it is needed?  

Let’s not allow basic medical care to be a privilege rather than a right.

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