Archive for March, 2013

Save a Life!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
16-Oct-2011 08:01, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 3.5, 28.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women in Kenya and the 2nd most common cancer in women worldwide, but 86% of cases are in developing countries.

The link between hpv infection and cervical cancer is well established, and caused virtually 100% of cases of cervical cancer, hpv 16 and hpv 18 are vaccine preventable types and contribute to 70% of all cervical cancer cases. Cervical cancer is claiming the lives of young women in Africa at a time when they are needed to support and care for young children. The limited medical care makes the management of women dying with these invasive pelvic tumours hugely challenging and distressing.

The vaccine is expensive and therefore not available to the majority of Kenyan women on cost grounds alone; add to that the ignorance of women to health advice, lifestyle measures and access to screening programmes, very few individuals access the vaccine.

This project aims to raise awareness amongst adolescent girls and women of the health risks and educate them on how to protect themselves with risk reducing behaviour. Over 80% of Kenyan women have never had any form of pelvic examination; we hope to dispel some of the ignorance surrounding this and encourage women to attend screening, as well as education around other risk factors of sexual behaviour, smoking contraception etc.

When surveyed, given the information, around 90% of women would present their daughters for hpv vaccination if it were affordable to them.

We have access to the girls at Tumaini, with the additional exciting possibility of going into other local secondary schools to educate and vaccinate the students. The hope is that this would become an on-going programme year on year. It may even become an example to neighbouring schools/districts to take on similar projects, and who knows where it might lead?

Hpv vaccination is the world’s most expensive vaccine; it comprises a course of 3 injections and costs around £45 per child. We have established a supply of vaccines, fridge facilities, and a willing team to get involved with all aspects of this project. To vaccinate all the girls 12 years and over at Tumaini will cost in the region of £8,000. We will purchase as many vaccines as we can with the money raised and start vaccinations in July this year, the more we can fund, the more girls we will be able to vaccinate.

This is a life-saving intervention, and whilst it does not meet the criteria of large scale population disease management, for the individual girls and families involved it is huge. 

It’s like throwing starfish back one at a time, but who knows where it might lead????? Would you like to help us throw a starfish back? Visit or simply text HPVM88 to 70070

Written by Dr. Orton

Final01-Oct-2011 13:11, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 5.6, 62.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100

23-Oct-2011 04:53, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 5.6, 24.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 100

A Dream Fulfilled!

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

03-Mar-2013 07:35

After years of wanting to visit Tumaini I have finally made it! It has been a privilege to be part of this community that is so generous, full of love and hope. There hasn’t been a day since I arrived that I haven’t been overwhelmed with the culture of generosity. It ranges from paying for hospital bills for a cancer patient to the monthly support of those making their first steps after leaving the kids home, to the Cooking Mamas sharing some of their lunch with Jacqui, Beth and myself.

This generous attitude is coupled with the challenge of making people less dependent on foreign aid and more self-dependent. This will be a continual journey and will take courage and responsibility from everybody involved to make it happen. But it is so wonderful to see this journey well on the way.

The sense of together-ness and family blows your mind away. Last week we had the honour of joining the teacher’s prayer meeting held at Maureen’s house. Glyn, Jane and Maureen are the people that steer the vision of Tumaini and give the energy in starting up projects here, but there are so many people like this prayer group that are the glue that hold Tumaini together.

03-Mar-2013 07:40

The vastness of the project is impossible to comprehend. I don’t think after two weeks I know everything that is done here, but here are a list of projects I am aware of Children’s Home, Feeding Programme, Nursery, Primary School & High School, Jiwe (Stepping Stones), Coffee Shop, Health Care, Church, Mission Care Houses, Tomato growing project, Water Project, Compassion in Action, Tailoring, Kids Club!

And I am sure I have missed some.

With God all things are possible
Jesus Christ is Lord of Tumaini
The Holy Spirit has anointed us to proclaim freedom from sin, sickness and satan
This community will make God’s Name famous in our world.

This week’s blog was written by Rachel Field from the Hub Central, Rotherham, with photos by Helen Sherrington.

Thanks guys

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