A team from MKU e-Health and Informatics Centre led by Chairman and Founder Prof. Simon Gicharu recently paid a courtesy call to Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki in her offices at Afya House.
The team fostered discussions spearheaded towards elimination of neglected surgical diseases includes cases of children born with congenital deformities such as cleft lip and palate, cataracts, hernias, and clubfoot, women who have been disabled with a fistula in their noble act of giving birth as well as victims of untreated injuries because of violence, and road traffic accidents.
These conditions are prevalent, disabling, and cause profound shame and isolation, social stigma, and enormous suffering. They exist because of a lack of awareness, stigma, and inadequate funding. But these conditions are completely treatable with cost-effective solutions.
Mount Kenya University e-Health and Informatics Centre has partnered with Henry Family Advised Fund and its partners; College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and Smile Train in eradication of Neglected Surgical Diseases (NSDs) with Meru County as a the pilot.