Medical and Educational Aid to Kenya (M.E.A.K.) organizes and funds medical and surgical missions in the fields of pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, and orthopedics. Mike and Dee Belliere founded the organization in 1994 and remain the driving force, providing direct oversight of all operations in Kenya. M.E.A.K. has operated on and provided sight to over 11,400 people and has screened over 77,000 people in remote and rural areas. M.E.A.K. has completed 87 eye missions, 15 orthopaedic missions, 20 surgical heart missions and 3 dental missions to date. Overall, conducting over 13,500 operations in Kenya.
March to the Top funds and supports M.E.A.K. missions that provide surgical procedures to Kenyans whose economic situation and rural location limits their access to critical medical care. These medical missions include: ophthalmologic, orthopedic, pediatric, dental, and cardiac surgery: restoring eyesight, repairing broken limbs, treating illnesses, and repairing hearts.
WHY IT MATTERS
In Kenya, poorer individuals in rural locations are disadvantaged greatly by a healthcare system that favors the wealthy. Heart disease and blindness are all too common in Kenya, affecting people regardless of location or income. Despite this, treatment is often only accessible to those in prime locations with financial wherewithal. This results in thousands of people going without medical treatment for years on end. Location and income continue to be barriers for Kenyans struggling to get the treatment they deserve, but MEAK is working to break down those barriers, one medical mission at a time.
“I haven’t been able to see for forty years and now I can see the flowers and the people outside– I am so happy, I want to dance and sing!”