Consolidated Bank contributes over KSHS 2 million to the Hadhi Fistula medical camp.
Consolidated Bank, in partnership with the Flying Doctors Society of Kenya (FDSA), participated in the Hadhi Fistula medical camp. It was held at the Kenyatta National Hospital from 11th June to 3rd July 2015.
The bank contributed over KSHS 2 million to the camp, which also attracted other partners and sponsors including the First lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the Freedom from Fistula Foundation and Citizen Television.
The camp was officially opened by Mrs. Kenyatta and Consolidated Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Kiyai.
The total cost of the camp, which set out to among others create more awareness on the condition, encourage more women to seek treatment and bring on board more corporates, was in excess of KSHS 12 Million.
Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF), also known as “obstetric fistula”, is an abnormal fistulous tract that extends from the urinary bladder (“vesico”) to the vagina. This results in urinary incontinence. It is estimated that there are more than 3,000 new cases diagnosed annually in Kenya. Unfortunately, only 7.5 per cent of these women, or 225, are able to access treatment.
The rest are often socially ostracised, with many communities regarding them as unclean or cursed. Furthermore, the condition is embarrassing, leading to a loss of self-esteem and isolation from people.
The camp surpassed its target, with 208 women being treated and many spreading the message about treatment. Empirical analysis of this success reveals an increase in women visiting the Kenyatta National Hospital for fistula-related treatment.
In addition to aiding in the facilitation of the camp, Consolidated Bank also launched the Gone Helping campaign. It is aimed at raising awareness of VVF amongst staff and customers, and giving them the opportunity to donate to this worthy cause.
Gone Helping is part of Consolidated Bank’s commitment to raising awareness for fistula treatment so more women no longer have to suffer the scourge of this treatable condition. This will also see the bank strengthening its partnership with FDSA in the future.