Our non-profit organization, Keur Baax - meaning the house of good values - was founded in 2008 in Senegal by a former UNICEF staff member. His mission was to establish a structure, which would serve as a model for the authorities and others to provide support to persons having become unable to carry normal day-to-day activities.
Senegal is a poor country and we observe that only the most well do do can afford our services. The Ministry of Health and Social Action has not yet put in place a policy of palliative care for all. Moreover, insurances are non-existent for the vast majority of families.
Keur Baax' goal is to help the most vulnerable by setting up a special
fund to ensure at least 3/4 of the necessary expenses for their home
palliative care: salaries of nursing staff, purchase and provision of
basic medical equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, special purposes mattresses, toilette chairs
etc...). We also urgently need lifts for those paralyzed after a cardio vascular accident.
Should we succeed to raise funds in this way, we would also invest some of the money in a campaign addressing the authorities, which until now has not made available any funds for subsidizing the more vulnerable families of the community. A part of the funds would also be spent on ensuring a high professional level among our nurses and the development of a specially trained group of nurses capable of providing relief and pain reduction to those patients who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, such as cancer.