A JOURNEY IN BUILDING A “PROJECT”
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KIBERA – THE LARGEST URBAN SLUM IN AFRICA
There are approximately 1.2 million people living in the Kibera in an area of 2.5 square kilometers. It is estimated that half of Kibera’s population is under 15 years old. One in two children under 5 years do not survive due to the harsh living conditions.
The people live in shacks, 12ft X 12ft, made from sticks plastered with mud, discarded pieces of wood or Mabati (corrugated tin) with dirt or cement for flooring. Thousands of narrow and uneven dirt pathways, sometimes only a few feet wide, separate these houses. During the rainy seasons these paths become rivers of mud and sewage.
Kibera has no reliable water supply giving rise to outbreaks of water borne diseases. Currently there are two mains water pipes into Kibera, one from the County government and another from the World Bank. Residents collect water at 3 Ksh per 20 litres.
There are an estimated 600 toilets in the whole of Kibera. Due to the lack of toilets, people tend to result in using ‘flying toilets’. This is where one squats into a plastic bag, fills it, and then throws it over his/her head. Most of the sewage therefore flows along the streets creating a breeding ground for diseases such as typhus, malaria and diphtheria.
Only about 20% of Kibera has electricity, increasing security issues at night, particularly for women and girls. The electricity that is present is very inconsistent.
Life expectancy in the Kibera is estimated to be 30 years of age, compared to 50 years of age in the remainder of Kenya, compared to 67.2 years of age in the world.
NATIONAL SPINAL INJURY
The Spinal Injury Hospital located in Nairobi, Kenya is the only hospital in East Africa catering to people living with SCIs. The hospital offers comprehensive medical services including an outpatient department, rehabilitation services, surgical/orthopaedic services and specialized counseling services. Data indicates that there are 50,000-75,000 persons living with a spinal injury in Kenya with over 15,000 new cases recorded annually. Sadly, they post high death rates due to the lack of appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.
PROJECT SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The main goal is returning as much function as possible to the patient to enable them lead a near-normal life. Because all spinal cord injuries are different, a unique plan is designed to help the person function and succeed in everyday life. The plan includes:
· Helping the person understand his/her injury and accept the condition
· Helping the person understand his/her care and management
· Help the person become as independent as possible in everyday activity(ies) such as bathing, eating, dressing, grooming and wheelchair use
· Helping the person to accept the new lifestyle especially pertaining to sexual, recreational, and housing
· Help the person learn how to instruct caregivers on how to assist them
· Prepare them for vocational rehabilitation and training, and
· Undertake regular research of the dynamics of spinal injury treatment and rehabilitation