The World Health Organization estimates that there are approximately 60,000 new TB cases annually in Tanzania.
The number of children with spinal tuberculosis is unknown, but there are hundreds that need surgery. Additionally, after surgery the children need education as they will always be physically unable to perform labor-intensive jobs common in rural Africa. With your help, we can provide the children with this life sustaining treatment and provide a life children in East Africa can only imagine.
Currently, we have five children who have been selected by the doctors in Ghana as eligible for this surgery. Their priority is the highest, so as soon as we get the money raised, they will be on a plane to begin their new life.
Now, let's meet the kids.
Nalari (8 years old) was born with her spinal problem and had problems walking and crawling even as an infant. Today, she has severe breathing problems and can’t walk more than a few feet without getting out of breath. Doing normal kid things is completely out of the question.
David (10 years old) saw a doctor last year because his family noticed a problem with his back. After an unsuccessful surgery, the hospital told his family to look outside of the country because they could not help him. His case is very severe and without surgery he will become paralyzed.
Jamila’s (10 years old) family first noticed a problem at 2 years of age. She went to a hospital that said they couldn’t help and sent her home. She has pain which interferes with her walking and her balance. She has not had any treatment since that first visit to the hospital.
Andrew’s (12 years old) mother first saw his condition at 3 yrs old, and took him to a doctor who gave him medication. When he didn’t improve, the doctor sent him home saying there was nothing more to do. Today, he says it hurts everyday. He can’t walk more than a short distance or even sit to do his school work.
Zainabu’s (15 years old) family took her for treatment for her back problem at 6 years old. The doctor gave her a back brace and told her that her back would grow straight, if she wore her brace. As you can see from the pictures, they were very very wrong.