Society / Health & Science
Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 13:04 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Kamani Foundation, a charitable trust based in India, has pledged Sh200 million as it officially opened its Kenyan office. The money will be used to purchase mobile prosthetic units and Eye correction mobile units in Kenya.
The mobile vans are designed and fabricated in such a manner that all the facilities for artificial limbs, calipers and crutches as well as correctional eye facilities will be available in the vehicles, facilitating distribution over a wider area and reach out to the marginalised areas.
A specialized team of health personnel has also been deployed from India to train Kenya’s local team for a period of three months to equip them with skills to run the centres independently.
Speaking during the launch, the founder and chairman, Mr Chamanlal V. Kamani, said the mobile service units will help provide services by reaching out to more people in need, who are otherwise deprived of such facilities.
“My wife and I, under the Kamani Foundation, wish to pledge today our support towards the setting up of a special fund for the purchase of Mobile Vans for Prosthetic Limbs and Correctional Eye Facilities across the Republic of Kenya. Special centres will be created for the same purpose in urban areas where the demand is likely to be greater and the accessibility much greater.”
The Kamani Foundation has been organizing medical camps for providing prosthetic limbs and correctional eye facilities to the needy in India since 1996. The Foundation has provided over 17,000 prosthetic limbs to those in need in India since that time.
“The object of the Trust is to fulfill social responsibilities and render charitable activities without the distinction of geography, caste, creed, gender or religion,” said Mr Kamani.
Mr Kamani has also worked with renowned charitable organizations like Navnat Vanik Mahajan, Shree Sthanakvasi Jain Sangh, Desai Memorial Foundation, Hindu Council of Kenya, Giants Group – Twiga, Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital, Asian Foundation, Rotary Club – Nairobi South, Jain Social Group Nairobi, Jalaram Medical Services and SCANN Nakuru for the last 40 years.