Who We Are
Help a Child Face Tomorrow (HCFT) is an African international humanitarian medical organization active in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people living in the last mile of extreme poverty and healthcare systems, particularly women and children.
What We Do
Non-governmental, non-sectarian, and not-for-profit, HCFT provides assistance to communities without regard to politics, religious believes, or ethnic identities. HCFT specialist outreach programs focus on providing high quality, safe, essential medical and surgical services in hard-to-reach areas in rural communities, particularly in the dry lands of Africa where 40% (approximately 320 million people) of the population lives. Our programs priorities are outlined below.
Specialists Outreach Services
- Children – Reconstructive Surgeries for congenital anomalies including cleft and burn deformities.
- Women - Vaginal fistula repairs, fibroids, perineal tears, prolapses, mastectomy, voluntary reconstruction of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
- General surgical services – Urology, Orthopedic, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, Specialist Anesthesia Services, OR and Intensive Care Nursing, Biomedical Engineering and General Medicine.
Screening, Consultation, referrals and health system linkages
HCFT offers screening for all medical conditions and refers patients to other parts of the health system at local and national levels. These include: injuries, pregnancy related complications, infectious diseases, cancers, other non-communicable diseases and congenital anomalies.
HCFT conducts health promotion to complement and to supplement our surgical interventions and to create awareness on the causes, prevention and treatment of the non-communicable diseases. We also address the social stigma related to various health conditions, especially congenital anomalies and fistula and FGM.
In addition to addressing real needs and gaps, HCFT programs seek to strengthen health systems and to improve universal healthcare coverage. To this end our capacity building efforts include:
- Providing a platform for healthcare workers to learn through hands-on training.
- Monitoring and improving referral system for improved quality of care and confidence in the health system.
- Providing timely and affordable specialist services to communities at the peripheral of the mainstream health system.
Research Monitoring and Evaluation policy and advocacy
HCFT collects and analyzes baseline data on the health problems in target communities and shares it with the Ministry of Health in order to strengthen healthcare. We also utilize our experiences to advocate for best policies and practices with government, donors and other actors at the national and international levels.
How We Work
- Seek grants from donors to provide services to target groups.
- Partnerships with local and national health authorities for collaborative, integrated, and sustained health interventions.
- Forster partnerships with research, academic and clinical institutions and global health agencies.
- Mobilize national and international volunteers to supplement the work of HCFT specialists.
- Provide technical and consultancy services at the request of governments, donors and other agencies.
What Sets Apart & Defines Our Uniqueness
- Belief that health is a basic human right and sustainable solutions can be achieved through indigenous expertise and initiatives.
- Use of African expertise to address some of the most challenging health issues in the remotest parts of Africa and other developing countries.
- Focus on the last mile of extreme poverty and health systems.
- Utilization of local and international specialist volunteers to augment our core team.
Our Journey and accomplishments so far
HCFT was established in 2006 in Kenya to deliver specialists outreach services to children and women in hard to reach areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. It currently has its headquarters in Nairobi (Kenya) and representation in the USA. It has provided over 10,000 life changing surgeries, screened over 20,000 patients since its establishment. So far, the organization has covered Kenya, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia (Puntland, South Central Somalia and Somaliland), Cameroon and Bangladesh.
The Problems Are Addressing
There is as a gap between the mainstream health system and the population of 40%(approximately 320 million people) living in the dry lands of the 46 counties within the WHO Sub-Saharan African region with a total population of 800 million. Sustainable services for this population, particularly women and children, are constrained by many factors, not the least of which include: weak healthcare systems; inadequate
skilled healthcare workforce; limited financial capacity of governments; sudden environment-related shocks; insecurity; and the mobile nature of the pastoral communities inhabiting the arid and the semiarid regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
How You Can Help
- Grant funding from multilateral, bilateral donor’s foundations, private sector or individual philanthropists.
- In-kind donations of medical supplies, equipment and transport facilities.
- Partnership with the like-minded agencies and institution to further our mission.
- Referrals to donors and networks that can help grow the HCFT brand and global reach.
- Qualified volunteers who can join our medical outreach missions and augment the work of our specialists.