Malnourishment, scabies, boils, skin diseases, burns, infections, diarrhoea, tuberculosis, typhoid, STDs, leprosy, neurological problems, and addiction are all conditions from which children can be suffering when they first arrive at Future Hope. Treating these problems and maintaining good health thereafter are important factors in the day-to-day running of the homes.
By performing a number of tests we are able to establish a picture of each child’s medical needs and then ensure they are fully immunised, including against DPT, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B and Typhoid. To help boost their strength and levels of immunity we provide vitamins and other supplements, and will prescribe a high protein diet when necessary.
Our dedicated medical staff work closely with the house parents and children to ensure that all medical problems are addressed, while a doctor from a good local hospital visits daily. We have a medical room equipped with frequently used medicines, first aid supplies and some basic equipment, which enables us to treat most ailments on-site. For more complicated matters we have to rely on specialised doctors and local hospitals, while children addicted to drugs or solvents will spend some time at an NGO-run drug rehabilitation centre before returning to Future Hope.
Through our contact with the wider community we are sometimes called upon to respond to medical emergencies and provide funding for the necessary treatment. We help where we can.