“I can at last go to school” says
Gloria Ntekuni, the girl from Samburu who was rescued from her
home after a fire broke out while cleaning their house.
The villagers including some teachers
raised money for transport from Samburu to Mombasa and brought
Gloria for the surgery.
The Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa in
conjunction with Reconstructing Women International have
conducted reconstructive surgeries for 29 women and children
from 30thMarch to 3rd April 2018.
Every year many women and children
across the globe fall victim to injuries that leave them
disfigured and at times disabled.
These injuries may be the result of
domestic violence, accident/trauma, or war.
The injuries make women vulnerable to
stigmatization, isolation, and often violence.
At times women are also neglected or
abandoned by their families.
Disfigurement and disability make it
difficult for women to be productive and earn a living, pushing
them into poverty and further away from access to quality
affordable medical care.
It is against this backdrop that the
Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa through its partnership with
Reconstructing Women Inter-national has implemented a pro bono
reconstructive surgery program as part of its Patient Access and
These 29 needy women and girls have
severe deformities resulting from violence, burns and accidents.
The deformities have resulted in
contractures that hinder them from leading normal lives and in
most cases resulting in stigma.
This programme aims to restore
physical function and in doing so empower women to build their
self-confidence and become productive members of their families
This is the first reconstructive
surgeries camp of its kind in Kenya and draws patients from
Kisumu to Samburu to Shimoni.
Each reconstructive surgery on average
costs KSH 150,000 and we are delighted and appreciate
organizations like Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Ministry of
Tourism, NHIF, Petro, Telkom, Petro City and local
philanthropists who have always been supportive of the project
as have the many local volunteers and businesses who have
sponsored 29 women and girls to change their lives.