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Regional Patient Solidarity Day

October 30th 2013

Today 10 African countries will commemorate Patient Solidarity Day #PSD2013 . The day mooted in 2011 by Morris Moses Foundation a patient rights organization based in Nairobi Kenya, is now going regional thanks to a working relationship with  the International Patients Rights Organisation ( Iapo).

History

In 2011 during the infamous Doctors strike in Kenya, Morris Moses Foundation in an effort to assist hundreds of patients who were held up in hospitals due to the strike, mobilised citizens to volunteer in hospitals, visit them and make them feel they are loved regardless of absence of doctors. MMF went a step further to pay for bills to needy patients and buy goodies.

 Thus PSD is not just an event that involves dancing and speeches, but it is a day to make all patients regardless of illness or disease feel loved.This day should be marked by coming up with solutions to improve the health care systems, increased involvement of patients in health and improved access to compassionate,quality health care.

Take time today today to visit a patient and wish them well, buy a ‘Get well soon’ card and give it to a patient and Lobby for an increase in budgets for the health sector.

Patient Solidarity Day in December

This year we will still celebrate Patient Solidarity Day in Kenya in its traditional time around the second Saturday of December.
We believe that this time is better suited as patients are often forgotten during the Christmas celebrations.
Stay tuned for further details.

Future

We hope to work with our partners in Africa to set this December date as the standard.

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I will not rest until patients have rights

( Saturday Nation February 9, 2013)

It began with my husband, who had kidney failure. His Insurance ran out and we eventually found ourselves at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). He was in dire need of dialysis. But for six hours we sat at the casualty waiting and he was not attended to. He died right there. That was the kind of treatment those without money got.

I buried him and accepted that I was a widow raising my two daughters alone. Five months later I was back at Kenyatta. Out of the blue, my brother had developed a cold, but by nightfall he was having difficulties breathing. He was admitted to Metropolitan Hospital but they said he needed tS be in an ICU. One private hospital asked for Sh 600,000 to admit him and another one wanted 5h 550,000. So, once again, it was Kenyatta, and 14 hours at the casualty department.He was gasping for air and finally went into a coma as we watched. He needed life support but we could not get a bed in the ICU until two days later.

For days we could not get a diagnosis. In fact, the more we asked for one, the frostier the relationship between us and the care providers became. They eventually removed him from life support and dumped him in the wards.

I pleaded with the CEO, but unfortunately my brother was never to go back to the ICU. I wrote to the government demanding to know the rights of the patient. We had been treated badly, but I realised that it was not just my brother. It was the whole system.

Nobody cares

Nobody takes responsibility, nobody cares. I was devastated and angry, I had come face to a face with the full horrors of the public health system and I refused to accept it. I quit running my human resources consultancy and began speaking about patient rights to anyone who would listen. Gradually, several people came out to tell their own horror stories. Four years ago, we registered MorrisMoses Foundation, a patients’ rights organisation with the  tag line “Silent No More*

We encountered a lot of hostility from the government and the medical community, They used to call me a noisemaker, doctor-basher, and all manner of names, and send all kinds of threats. I refused to give up and they realised that I was not going anywhere. I would always tell doctors, I shall never be a doctor, but you will be a patient some day. So ask yourself how you you want to be treated. At a hospital like KNH, I was persona non grata. The guards would turn me away But the new CEO is different and today we era doing a lot of work with the hospital For example, there is patient affairs office that is now handling grievances.

We want to bring patient centred to all hospitals. We are doing it in a subtle way,first by helping with the infrastructure and facilities at public hospitals, but ultimately this is going to help the patients.

We Just came back from a retreat where we were working with doctors, the Law Soceity of Kenya, and the government to draft a patient rights charter. This will help patients sue hospitals, It is enshrined in the Constitution in Article 48 that every person has a right to the highest attainable standard of healthcare. All of us are entitled to emergency treatment and no hospital Is allowed to turn you away They need to accept you, stabilise you, then transfer you. So it is up to the government to set up a kitty to protect private hospitals because they are in business.

We also want the Kenya Medical Practitioners Board to be given teeth. Since 1978, they have handled  500 cases, but they were not discussed in public so is is not dear how they were condluded. We need a body that is open to the public so that we can hold them accountable, just like lawyers.

We also need the support of the Chief Justice to set up a medical court. Many people are reluctant to take their cases to the medical board because they do not think they would get Justice.

So far we have distributed the patients ‘rights document in Kisumu, Kissi, and Meru and have translated it into 12 local languages. We still need people to help us translate it into other languages. We are hoping to partner with FM radio stations to educate Kenyans on their rights,

t think that the only thing that equalises us Is illness and death. You have little say in what happens when you die but before you fall ill you can be involved in how you want to be treated. I believe that in the next five years, we shall start seeing big changes in our health care system.

Don’t wait for money

My organisation Is still small but it has a wide reach. We rely on donors and well-wishers to maintain our activities, and it has not been easy but when you have a clear vision, you do not need money to start. We also visit schools all over the country to tell students that medicine is a vocation, like priesthood

But what are good doctors without proper working conditions, good pay and infrastructure with which to do their work?

We are all potential guests of public hospitals. I never thought I would go to a public hospital, but If you are in a car accident and the police find you unconscious, you will find yourself at Kenyatta before your relatives find you. By the time your family finds you or somebody discovers that you have an AAR card, you could be dead.

If I do not talk about this, I would get ill or die. Even when the insults, threats, and dirty emails came, I had no fear, even if you kill me, you would only be killing the messenger, the message would remain.

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Uplifting Charity Concert with a Beat!

Hundreds came and cheered at the first Tumaini Wings of Hope Charity Concert on Sunday 28 October.  Mamlaka Hill Chapel was alive with the rhythm, songs and sounds from around the world, as many different artists from around the world entertained for a good cause.  82 people from Toccata Music Productions UK, including artists who work on the West End (the UK version of Broadway), came to Kenya to support Morris Moses Foundation.  Alongside the orchestra, soloist and choir from the UK, the Boys Choir of Kenya and the Good Samaritan Children’s Home Choir gave rousing performances.

So why did this all happen?  Dr. Sunil, the leader from Toccata Music Productions and a doctor in Belfast Hospital, explained how the group is motivated to help others.  After hearing about the Morris Moses Foundation cause, they want to support by donating medical equipment, and visiting for the concerts and to understand more.  Now here, he reported how the group has felt so welcomed, and how they really support the causes of Morris Moses Foundation and the Good Samaritan’s Children’s Home.  They have visited public hospitals in Nairobi to see the conditions, and as many of the group come from a medical background, understand how care can be improved in Kenya so that all have a positive patient experience.  The container of donated medical equipment for Kenyan public Hopsitals is currently in Mombasa and is planned to arrive soon in Nairobi.

As well as those performing, there were many thanks to others who have supported, such as Kenya Airways for heavily discounting tickets to enable the group to come, to DHL UK for shipping the medical equipment to Nairobi for free, to KRA for waiving approximately 2million Ksh of taxes on the medical equipment and to the ongoing support from the Ministry of Medical Services.

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Our Patient Solidarity Day

We concluded 2011 with one of the most successful events “Patient Solidarity Day.”

Through the support of Kenyan citizens and corporate organizations we were able to give  72 very needy patients  who were detained in different Hospitals for failure  to pay their bills, a Christmas treat by clearing their outstanding bills.
This is in line with our strategic plan of helping de-congest public hospitals to create room for deserving cases.

 

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First ever Patient Solidarity Day

Welcome to Patients solidarity Day news.
MMF successfully launched the first ever patient solidarity day on 10th of December 2011. The day was marked in Kenya and Uganda. More than 72 needy patients in KNH, Thika Level 5 and Nanyuki district hospital were discharged and their bills fully paid.
Thanks to our supporters.

 

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