Life expectancy in most developing countries including Africa is on a sharp decline in the last two to three decades.
It is the vision of African Neighborhoods and Medical Missions, Inc. USA and Good Samaritan Medical and Rehabilitation Missions a subsidiary in Ghana to emphasize and focus on awareness, disease prevention through education and research, with the goal of improving the drastic declining life expectancies. African Neighborhoods and Medical Missions regularly organize community health fairs which screen large populations for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes which are now becoming among the most common causes of deaths in most developing countries. Furthermore, eye and vision issues are on the increase and there are very limited eye specialists to provide the necessary care. Large populations from all walks of life in these countries are becoming blinded with serious economic and societal consequences. Blindness may be one of the most important causes of deadly motor vehicle accidents on the roads and highways with multiple fatalities.
With the astronomical increase in hypertension, diabetes, joint and spine diseases, there is a corresponding increase in strokes and amputations. Lack of rehabilitation services and durable medical equipment (DME) or assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, and others lead to significant disabilities and poor quality of life. In addition, children with cerebral palsy and other congenital diseases lack the necessary assistive devices to help them walk and perform their activities of daily living. Most of these people have never seen a wheelchair, walker, orthotics (braces) or prostheses in the lifetime. Therefore, most of these people have no other means of getting around in their homes or neighborhoods except by crawling on hard gravels surfaces or concrete with their knees, hands, or buttocks. Without the availability of DMEs most people develop sores or become bed-bound and dependent on others. It is the mission of African Neighborhoods and Medical Missions (ANMM) to donate wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, braces and other assistive devices. Our goal is to enable those disabled to gain some level of independence, prevent being restricted to their homes, so that they can have some level of human dignity and quality of life that they deserve. For many of these people, receiving a wheelchair, a walker, or other assistive device is like getting a brand new luxury car. ANMM has had the pleasure to provide these DMEs and we have seen the difference this has made in many lives, bringing smiles and hope to many. When these people receive their DMEs, the smile on their faces says it all.
Moreover, sponsorship for surgeries for critical illness and diseases such as cancer are essential services that we provide regularly. Some of the people we serve may not survive without the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and supporters like you who sponsor one hundred percent of the cost of medication and necessary surgeries.