Medical and Educational Aid to Kenya (MEAK) organizes and funds medical missions for underserved communities in the fields of pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, and orthopedics. By partnering with local hospitals and medical professionals, MEAK is able to make a lasting impact on patients and local health care as a whole. Founded in 1994 by Mike and Dee Belliere, MEAK has carried out over 140 life saving medical missions resulting in 15,000+ surgeries for people who would not have received the same dignified care otherwise. March to the Top is proud to partner with MEAK by sponsoring many of these missions since 2013.
See all March to the Top sponsored medical missions so far:
- Pediatric Heart Mission at Mombasa Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya in February 2013
- Eye and Dentistry Mission at New Hope – AINA Children’s Home, Meru, Lewa and Mt. Kenya in October 2014
- Eye Mission at Isiolo and Garbatulla, Kenya in August 2016
- Pediatric Heart Mission at M.P. Shah Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya in January 2017
- Eye and Dentistry Mission at Kinangoni, Kwale district, Kenya in July 2017
- Pediatric Heart Mission at M.P. Shah Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya in January 2018
- Eye & Dentistry Mission at Lokichar, Turkana, Kenya in April 2018
WHY IT MATTERS
In Kenya, poorer individuals in rural locations are disadvantaged greatly by a health care 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 and March to the Top are 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!”