Hi, I'm Mwenda Phiri. I'm 15yrs old and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I love acting and have won many awards for it. I love music especially artists like Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Quavo and I love community service. I'm the current Vice President for the Interact Club at my school Parklands College.
I have sickle cell anaemia also known as Sickle cell disease (SCD).
What Is Sickle Cell Disease
SCD is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to turn into a sickle shape under certain conditions. These cells die early, creating a shortage of healthy red blood cells causing anaemia. The sickled cells can block blood flow to major organs causing a lot of pain in what is known as a sickle cell crisis.
Most children with SCD are of African ancestry but children of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and South Asian ancestry are also affected. SCD is not contagious.
What Inspired This Campaign
On 18th October 2017, I experienced a severe sickle cell crisis following minor surgery that resulted in Acute Chest Syndrome that put me in ICU for 8 days.
I was fortunate to have access to specialist doctors, equipment, medicine and facilities that saved me. However, this is not the case for a lot of children in Africa. Because of this, I started the Mwenda Phiri Initiative (MPI) in service of child health to raise awareness and funds for paediatric haematology and ICU in Africa.
What We Want To Do
We are raising funds towards children's ICU equipment for a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. After consulting the hospital, we were given a wishlist of some items they were in need of. The list includes items such as:
- Baby bassinets,
- CPAP machines,
- Arterial blood gas machines,
- Vital signs monitors and much more.
How You Can Help
You can help by contributing any amount towards the equipment. Every amount counts and could save a child's life.
You can also help by encouraging your friends and family to contribute too on this link: www.youcaring.com/mpi1
Additionally you can Like, Follow and Share our Facebook page to help us raise more awareness for paediatric haematology and ICU in Africa here: https://www.facebook.com/MwendaPhiriInitiative/
We would like to close the project by 18th December 2017 to allow us time to deliver the equipment to the hospital in time for some year end cheer