Ira (Breast Cancer)
Ira is a widowed woman who lives in an informal housing settlement near a Save Kids Medical Clinic. She is a patient of the clinic and the clinic staff has had a relationship with her for several years. Ira had been suffering in silence and, after she could not bear the pain any longer, she shared what was happening with the clinic staff.
The clinic suspected a form of cancer. Ira is fortunate in that she had enrolled in a national healthcare program for poor people. With this enrollment, Save Kids Trust was able to give her a referral for a diagnosis test. The test came back positive for cancer.
Save Kids Trust was her partner for her journey. The clinic staff made sure she followed the proper paperwork and medical procedures, provided transportation, and provided meals when needed. Ira saw an oncologist, had a successful surgery, and is recovering nicely. She reports to the staff at the Clinic as her first stop for her medical needs.
Ira is lucky to have the national healthcare coverage. A common problem is that people need a birth certificate and multiple residence papers to secure this form of healthcare coverage. Births in these communities happen at home and are often not registered with authorities. Therefore, most informal housing settlement dwellers do not have this documentation and are lost in the system. It is a cyclical difficulty passed through generations.
Save Kids Trust helps those who have no other option - and those who need help with the healthcare system they do have, all in hopes of helping raise individuals and families out of poor health and poverty.
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