Health care for the children is a fundamental concern and remains a vital component of the Center’s services. Children enrolled in MCC receive regular physical and mental health checkups. Children living with HIV receive supplemental vitamins and anti-retroviral medications. For all children, access to healthcare is vital to their well-being.
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 foodborne and waterborne sources.
The Center provides access to treatment for acute illnesses, ongoing and chronic health concerns, and minor injuries. Health maintenance, proper sanitation, and hygiene are taught regularly. Examples of some chronic conditions of the children treated in the past include diabetes, cognitive and learning disabilities, eye and ear problems, cerebral palsy, HIV, tuberculosis, crippling deformities, and malnutrition.