Mrs. Stella. Wanjala
Mrs. Stella. Wanjala is a lecturer in the School of Science, Department of Biological Sciences in Masinde Muliro University of Science and technology in Kakamega Kenya as well as a co-founder of an NGO, Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation, based in Kakamega town.
She is the mother to Jeff Wafula Wanjala, an 11 years old class seven pupil at Kakamega Hill School in Kakamega, living with Haemophilia A (Factor Eight deficiency).
Jeff was diagnosed with Haemophilia A in 2006 at the age of 3 years and has been a beneficiary of factor 8 donations at the Haemophilia clinic at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret since then, an institution that has eased my pain as a parent because whenever the child is in pain, the parents too are in pain.
My goal is to be a voice for those parents and patients who have not yet got a diagnosis through sensitization and awareness creation among the unreached persons. To speak out on their behalf in policy making panels at all levels so as to facilitate donations from government and international donors, to strive for availability of the factor concentrates to all victims at all times, a case that is more of a dream than reality currently.
As parents, we are eagerly awaiting a time when Haemophiliacs will walk into hospital and get readily available treatment like any other Kenyan patient.
My appeal is to our esteemed Government and international donor to give patients and parents a shoulder to lean on by providing adequate factor concentrates to all major Governments hospital hence help us raise these great gifts from the most high God.
You may not be in a position to donate the factor concentrates but you can sensitize someone on what this disorder is, how it can be managed and where a parent and or patient can access the factor concentrates.
Together we shall win the battle against bleeds in our children!