Provision of medical care for the children is a fundamental concern and remains a vital component of MCC services. The children all come from impoverished families, and they have had marginal and unreliable access to medical care in the past. The health and nutritional services at MCC are closely linked together, as two of the primary essential services provided to both the children and their guardians.
Upon entry into MCC, most of the children are malnourished and/or anemic, and often suffer from a host of bacterial and parasitic infections endemic to the region. Common maladies include malaria, meningitis, typhoid and multiple intestinal parasites derived from both food and waterborne sources.
MCC provides treatment for any acute illnesses, for ongoing and chronic health concerns, as well as emphasizing health maintenance and prevention. Examples of some of the chronic conditions of the children treated in the past include diabetes, cognitive/learning disabilities, blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cleft palate, amputees, HIV, tuberculosis and other immunosuppressive illnesses, a congenital heart defect, crippling deformities, and malnutrition.
The cost of ensuring access to medical care and treatment for a MCC child is on average $10 per child per month ($120 annually). Contributions to this program can be life saving and sustaining, and greatly appreciated!