Christina and Simon's story
Wednesday, 18 January, 2017
Christina Moraa was one of the first mothers to be offered sensory screening for her child, Simon, at the Waithaka Health Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The facility is now screening all babies as part of a pioneering programme in Kenya and Uganda, that will screen infants for both sight and hearing impairments.
“The tests showed that my son’s eyes were fine, but there was a problem with his ears. I had a rash during pregnancy so they have taken a blood sample to determine if he has Congenital Rubella Syndrome. I am now being referred to an ENT (ear, nose and throat), to confirm the condition."
Without the screening programme it is unlikely Christina, who is unemployed and dependent on her mother for financial support, would be able to correctly diagnose Simon. And without diagnosis it is unlikely Simon would receive the support he requires.
“I never suspected that my son had a problem with his hearing. Thankfully the screening was provided for free, and they have promised support for my child’s assessment and treatment.
“I will do all I can to make sure that my son gets a better life than mine. I want him to get good education and maybe one day become a doctor.”
Babies who are found to have a multi-sensory impairment will be enrolled on the charity’s early intervention service which will provide occupational therapy, sensory stimulation and communication therapy at community health centres accessible to the local population, many of whom are living on less than a $1 a day.
The charity appeal that funded the screening programme, 'Finding Grace', was named after five-year-old Grace from Nairobi, Kenya. Grace was diagnosed with multi-sensory impairments as well as cerebral palsy, and has been supported by Sense International’s community programme since the age of two.
Read Grace's story to learn more about how she is supported by Sense International.
Funded by UK Aid
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017