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.
In 2019, the MEAK team, recognizing the dire economic situation caused by drought and Covid, began emergency food missions in Northern Kenya. Distributing food across Laikipia and Samburu, the teams are alone in providing food relief to those in desperate need. March to the Top is proud to partner with MEAK by sponsoring both food and medical missions since 2013.
March to the Top sponsored missions:
- Pediatric Heart Mission at Mombasa Hospital, Mombasa in February 2013
- Eye and Dental Mission at New Hope – AINA Children’s Home and Lewa in October 2014
- Eye Mission in Isiolo and Garbatulla in August 2016
- Pediatric Heart Mission at M.P. Shah Hospital, Nairobi in January 2017
- Eye and Dental Mission in Kinangoni, Kwale district in July 2017
- Pediatric Heart Mission at M.P. Shah Hospital, Nairobi in January 2018
- Eye & Dental Mission in Lokichar, Turkana in April 2018
- Eye & Dental Mission in Rangala, Siaya in April 2020
- Food Mission in Maralal, Samburu in March 2021
- Food Mission in Maralal, Samburu in July 2021
- Food Mission in Maralal, Samburu in October 2022
- Food Mission in Maralal, Samburu in May 2023
- Eye Mission in Elburgon, Nakuru in July 2023
WHY IT MATTERS
In Kenya, rural communities face great disadvantages when navigating 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 urban locations with financial means. 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. 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!”