Many children in Africa die before they reach adulthood due to untreated illnesses, and medical care is a luxury that only some can afford. In most African villages, the nearest hospital is up to 50 miles away. The lack of adequate health care amounts for high mortality rates, and even the most basic healthcare is unaffordable for the average villager. The need for better medical care was identified to us by women working on our enterprise projects, so in response to their worries we work with the local health authorities to address these important issues, and introduced our Medical MOT programme.
The Medical MOT is an event held over one day that provides villagers with the rare chance to be tested for life threatening ailments. As well as free consultations, the Ripples team dispenses free medicines to around 1200 - 2500 people in each village, a lifeline for those who would not be able to afford them. For the rest of the year, we endeavour to keep local Cottage Hospitals well stocked with medical equipment and supplies to ensure villagers have access to basic healthcare close to home. We also operate an AIDs initiative through the health services in cottage hospitals, aiming to catch the disease early, make steps to treat people and give them the chance of living a longer life.
With your help we can hold Medical MOT’s more often. Every donation we receive makes it more possible for us to afford to hold them more regularly and treat more people. By keeping families healthy, we can give children an environment that they can grow up and thrive in.
This programme offers villagers the rare opportunity to get the most basic healthcare, diagnosing potentially life-threatening illnesses and treating them with free medicines so they can get the chance to live long and healthy lives.
We source doctors and nurses from all over the world, who give up their free time to hold the consultations in our villages and dispense medicine.
By making sure that our villagers have access to free medical care, we are strengthening families and ensuring that communities are healthy enough to develop and grow to their full potential.
To support the Medical MOT programme you can quickly and easily make an online donation using Total Giving, any donation amount is welcomed as every penny counts towards making a difference to people’s lives - please give what you can!
Alternatively you can choose to pledge to a certain project we are running, for instance: donating money to a fund to buy hospital beds in a particular village. Please visit our Causes page to see a list of the different projects we are fundraising for.
If you would like to help our villagers and have fun as well, we would love it if you could organise your own fundraising campaigns. You could start small and hold a jumble sale, a neighbourhood barbecue or aim high and run a marathon! Every little helps and all proceeds go towards lifting villagers out of a life of poverty. To start your fundraising campaign, please visit our Total Giving (UK) or Causes (US) page to register.
At Ripples we welcome all forms of donations that help our projects run smoothly. This can be donations of medical supplies, to volunteering as a doctor or nurse at our consultations. If you have the skills or resources we need on our Medical MOT programme, please contact us at our UK office, we would love to hear from you!
By sponsoring a Medical MOT you will be providing essential medical services that we take for granted, and handing a lifeline to a whole community. To find out how to sponsor a Medical MOT for a village, please visit the contact page and drop us an email.
Make sure to like and share our social media pages and spread our message online, as the continued support of our donors keeps awareness of the issues we are addressing in the public eye. Sometimes if just one more person sees the work we do it can make all the difference to many people's lives.