THE CHALLENGE

In different African countries, governments provide health insurance to cover direct medical costs for low-income populations. Most countries, however, do not include food services as part of a hospital healthcare stay, often delegating that responsibility to family or community members. Patients from low-income families may go days without food or have low-nutrition foods that often do not match their medical needs, and lack of access to nutritious food undermines patients’ potential for recovery.

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PROGRAMS
Gemura- Food for all

It is no secret that being properly fed is a crucial part of patient’s recovery. Food is neither provided by the hospital nor is it covered by the “Mutuelle” insurance. Members of Solid Africa believe that food is just as critical as medicine on the road to recovery, and stand firmly behind the idea that “Food is Medicine” Therefore, Solid Africa has pursued several different programs that provide food to patients in various hospitals. Read More

Kiza- Medical Expenses

In the Rwandan health care system, “Mutuelle” covers medicine available only through the hospital pharmacy. Drugs obtained through outside pharmacies are not paid for by “Mutuelle.”Solid Africa assists the most socio-economically challenged by covering payment of these medicines. The organization also assists in the provision of special medical care items such as crutches and wheelchairs. Read More

Gombora- Hospital Bills and transport

Patients unable to pay the remainder of their bills, (10% that they are required to cover) are forcibly made to stay on hospital grounds until payment is received. With this program, Solid Africa seeks to assist in the payment of uncovered hospital bills, and transportation fees to enable patients to return to their homes. Read More

Sukura- Hygiene

Many of the patients, especially children and new mothers, have specific hygienic needs. These patients are high priority because basic hygienic products such as soap, toilet paper, sanitary pads, towels, and blankets can have a huge impact on their health and recovery. Solid’Africa works every week to provide these items to those most in need. Read More