Child Thrive Kenya

Child from Kenya

Community-Based Partner:

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital – led by Dr. Festus Njuguna, Head of the Paediatric Haemato-Oncology Unit

Child Thrive Program Location:

Eldoret, Kenya (western Kenya)

Catchment Area:

Around 1.5 million people
  • Child Thrive coalition partner, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in western Kenya, is focused on improving the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for children with sickle cell disease.

  • Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes excruciating chronic pain, organ damage, and life-threatening complications. Children with sickle cell disease are frequently hospitalized and often experience social isolation – missing out on school, time with family & friends, and other typical childhood experiences. Families struggle emotionally, financially, and logistically to care for their sick children.

  • Roughly 2 – 3% of children in western Kenya have sickle cell disease. Tragically, it often goes undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in a staggering 50 – 90% of children with the disease not making it to their fifth birthday.

  • The program helps provide medical diagnosis & treatment, healthcare worker training, and educational support for disease management and school progression.

  • The data gathered through our work will be also shared with the Kenyan Ministry of Health to better understand the burden of disease and enact national changes to benefit those living with sickle cell disease.

Read more about four of our current Child Thrive projects:


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Youth impacted by HIV/AIDS, conflict, and/or mental health challenges.

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The Dominican Republic

Three teens from Dominican Republic

Youth impacted by HIV/AIDS, forced migration, and/or gender-based violence.

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Youth on crutches

Youth living with cancer, malnutrition, and/or sickle cell disease.

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Young child from Kenya

Youth living with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder.

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We also advance this work in our local community of Chicago.

Learn more about Child Thrive Chicago