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Coastweek-- The Surgical Team operating in operating theatres [from left] Dr Abdihakim Head of Surgery Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa, Dr. Imran Sherman Senior House Officer in Surgery, Dr. Andrea Pusic Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeries, Brigham Health; Harvard University. Inset is Gloria before and after.
Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa Reconstructs Lives

Coastweek-- “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 Welfare Initiative.

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 and communities.

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.

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