Hope for Health
Every day almost 30.000 children under the age of 5 years die from what are curable illnesses such as diarrhoea, bronchitis, measles, and malaria. This amounts to 11 million per year.
Child mortality is highest in Africa, especially south to the Sahara, where it is 25 times higher than in industrial nations! African Hope e. V., therefore, focuses on providing help and support to children.
Good health is the basis of all human activity. Without good health, no-one can work, learn, or support family and friends. African Hope has, therefore, focused on providing basic medical care and medical equipment for poor communities in Africa. It is true that the first few containers of hope of the charity exceeded the needs of medical and pharmaceutical goods. Many containers have followed since then.
Moving in the opposite direction, African Hope has made it possible for patients to travel to Europe for specialist treatment.
What we have achieved so far
- In the Sudan
African Hope is helping to establish a new medical clinic in Sudan.
First action: the supply of equipment
- In Southern Africa
Educational AIDS campaign in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe were introduced. The Board of Directors of African Hope approved in the last AGM the request of Bishop A. Marcus from South Africa to establish an AIDS Hope Clinic.
Achievement till 2005
- Health Containers
5 Containers of medicines, dietary supplements and medical-technical equipment Containers 1, 2 and 3 sent to Mombasa in January 2000 (1), and May 2002 (2+3). Container 4 sent to Mombasa for the Coptic Church Nursing Home in February 2003. Container 5 sent to Mombasa for the AIDS clinic in Lusaka, Zambia in April 2004.Delivered by the Baumann Hospital in Stuttgart, the supplies included 3 complete operating rooms and hospital beds.
- Financial support for medical treatment in Europe
§ Example: A patient,from southern Sudan, responsible for looking after orphaned children, who had lost their parents through the civil war.The patient lost a leg during the civil war. African Hope organised his treatment at the BG accident hospital in Tübingen, a partner of African Hope. The company Brillinger Orthopädie made the artificial limb for him.
- Health prevention through preventative anti-AIDS campaigns
African Hope shared the purchase costs of the amount of €7,000 with DIFÄM (German Institute for Medical Mission) for a modern CD4-Counter apparatus used in AIDS diagnostics. This apparatus has a value of €22,000 to be used in the Coptic Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.Introduction and follow-up between the Coptic Church and Brot für die Welt in the context of the HIV/AIDS campaign for East Africa in Masena and Nairobi in Kenya and Lusaka in Zambia. The project has been supported by Brot für die Welt with the sum of $133,000.
- Establishment of Orphanage for AIDS in Kebira/Nairobi
The orphanage “Betty” for children who had lost their parents through the ravages of the AIDS virus were established and supported by African Hope. Many of the Hope for Health projects that started years ago, like for example the HIV/AIDS project in Kenya and Tanzania, are still successfully going on. In 2008 we were able to start a new project in Samalout in Egypt: Deaf in Training – vocational training for the deaf-mute! The project addresses deaf-mute children, adolescents and adults, who receive vocational training in a special kindergarten/school. In the first phase of the project, 60 children between 3 and 10 years of age will be taken care of; later, a supplementary school for children older than 10 years will be added. Furthermore, there are workshops for adolescents and students, especially designed for the needs of deaf people. Training for handicapped people is a subject that is very much neglected in Africa. African Hope wants to fulfill hopes here. Furthermore, we receive more and more requests from sick persons in Africa who can not get sufficient treatment or who have to suffer very long, waiting for necessary operations. African Hope communicates between the patients and the hospitals and doctors in Germany, translates medical findings, organises visa and appointments and operates as a counsellor and adviser in medical examinations. African Hope supports with correspondence and, if necessary, with financial aid. Help can not be given in a more direct way!