Not-for-profitYear launched: 1996
Country of Operation
- Rehabilitative care
SummaryAndersen Medical Centre manufacture appliances for disabled people, from simple crutches and wheelchairs to complete limb prothesis.
At the orthopedic workplace in Kitale (40 km from the Andersen Medical Centre), aids, adjustments and protheses are made for people with temporary handicaps.
Key program components
This project comprises 4 components:
The orthopedic technician, Stephen Swetaen, has been involved with the project for many years. He carries out his tasks with great knowledge and commitment. There is also a part-time physiotherapist involved in the project, who treats the patients at the workshop, teaching them to use their new devices and muscle strengthening exercises. Also, patients are selected here for orthopedic surgery. The patients are sent to the mobile clinic of the Kijabe Ziekenhuis, in Nairobi where they can be operated on, often by American doctors.
Homes for physically disabled:
Two homes for handicapped children have been established by the Catholic church, 15 km north west from the hospital, in Endebess, and 15 km to the East, in Kiminini. Around 30 children in the age range of 6 - 18 live in each home, both boys and girls. The children have varying degrees of disability, both physical and mental. Often, the children need one or more operations to correct their handicap, and they are sent to the mobile Kijabe clinic.
The main purpose of these visits is to increase the awareness of the local population about disabilities, what can be done about them and how to live with them in a positive way.
Orthopedic consultation in the Andersen Medical Center:
The orthopedic technician comes to andersen medical clinic twice a month to screen orthopedic patients and patients with schizis (harelip).
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