History of Patient Solidarity Day
On 10th December 2011,
Morris Moses Foundation launched and led the country in marking the first ever PATIENT SOLIDARITY DAY. Many days have been set aside to mark different illnesses but so far we haven’t brought the entire Patient experience into the picture.
This day was also mooted as a way of encouraging citizens to visit Patients especially those in public hospitals whose experience is many times very difficult due to poor infrastructure and under staffing. It is also meant to be an eye opener for the middle and high class citizens who would normally not seek treatment in the Public hospitals, to support the improvement of these facilities. The Day was graced by representatives from Kenya Cancer Association, Kenyatta National Hospital, and in attendance were also Health Care Professionals, Media and the Civil Society.
In Uganda the day was successfully launched and marked as organized by; The Uganda Cancer Society (UCS), Community Health and Information Network (CHAIN), Uganda Child Cancer Foundation (UCCF), Save a Woman Initiative (SAWI).
This day being marked just a week before the festive season begins; we envision a situation where many would want to touch a life by visiting patients and giving gifts.
With Generous support from Tuskys Supermarkets and other well-wishers,
– MMF was able to help 42 needy patients, who had been detained in Kenyatta National Hospital for failure to pay their bills, they were released after clearing the bills totalling Ksh.418, 750.
These included 30 patients whose bills were waived by The C.EO of Kenyatta National hospital, as a way of supporting the Patient Solidarity day.
– At Thika level 5 Hospital, 12 patients whose bills totaled Ksh103, 418 were released.
– From Nanyuki Hospital, 18 patients with bills totaling Ksh 198,020 were cleared. Besides clearing bills, Christmas gift hampers and get well soon cards with Patient rights and responsibilities inscribed were distributed to over 250 patients at KNH.
The event was well attended with over 200 Kenyans joining MMF at KNH.