Dear Fellow Kenyans,
It has recently come to my attention that bone marrow transplants cannot be done in Kenya at this time.
I have a specific example that I would like to share. There is a young boy patient at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. The patient had undergone the first course of chemo treatment and was in remission only to relapse six months later. A bone marrow transplant was then the next logical treatment. To our dismay, these transplants are done either in India or South Africa. The mother of the young boy is a single parent and can’t afford costs associated with such treatment outside the country.
It is this back drop that it downed on me that we have to engage our political leaders to start this conversation that we must have. We may not be able to help this particular boy, but we will save more lives of our beloved citizens who may need such treatment in future.
We should use all our networks at our disposal to petition our political leaders for a political will to have bone marrow transplants in our referral hospitals in Kenya. We would like this conversation to move towards a concrete language that can be presented to members of parliament and or Senate so they can start discussing this topic for possible legislation.
This is a topic that crosses the political divide, and that affects all Kenyans from all walks of life. I do not see why the discussion should not gain traction.
Please forward this email to any other groups that should help us in the conversation. This is a national tragedy that requires all hands on deck.
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