Valentis is the latin word for vitality, the condition of physical and intellectual vigor. Our main company, Valentis Health, consists of four units each addressing important areas of vitality:
- Valentis Clinic offers Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery procedures, recognizing the observation that a person`s outward appearance often determines his or her inward state.
- Valentis Skin addresses skin health issues and has two main functions – skin cancer screening (mole mapping) and skin health maintenance (cosmeceuticals).
- Valentis Life concentrates on life coaching and lifestyle advice.
And finally, Valentis Foundation where we dedicate our time to pro bono surgical work for individuals who require extensive surgery but cannot afford it. One of the projects, the Professor Pratt Reconstructive Surgery Project, which has been running for over 13 years, offers free Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to children and adults from all over Kenya. The other project is the Screening Day for People living with Albinism, which we successfully conducted on Sunday 1st September 2013. Valentis Foundation is also involved in fundraising activities for these projects, to meet expenses such as bed and theatre costs, equipment and postoperative care, ongoing support, sunscreens and much more.
The Professor Pratt Reconstructive Surgery Project:
The Professor Pratt Project was founded in 2000 by the late, world renowned Prof. Frederick Pratt (University of California) and Dr. Stanley Khainga (The Aga Khan University Medical School and Chairman of the Kenyan Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Society) to provide reconstructive surgery to patients urgently requiring surgery but unable to afford it. Every year, reconstructive surgeons from Europe, North America and South Africa together with Kenyan surgeons conduct operations on an average of 30-40 individuals requiring extensive and sometimes complicated surgical procedures. The project is carried out over a period of seven days at the Kenyatta National Hospital on a yearly basis. Patients from all over Kenya are admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital with various surgical conditions requiring extensive and sometimes very complicated reconstructive surgery. These conditions include facial malformations, contractures after burn injuries, chronically infected and open wounds, as well as disfigurements from tumors or trauma.
In order to allow these patients to live a life as normal as possible, disfigurements are corrected through plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures, to restore form and to improve function. The surgical team consists of invited visiting plastic surgeons from Germany (Plastic Surgeon Dr Tilman Stasch, Cologne), and South Africa (Dr Kenny Segwapa and Dr Solly Selahle, Medunsa University). They will be operating with their local counterparts, (Dr Khainga, Dr Wanjeri, Dr Kahoro, Dr Nangole, and others) at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, in a mutual exchange of skills and knowledge. The team will do the work for free, taking leave from their usual commitments. Although founder Prof Pratt has since passed away, the project has grown from year to year, offering help to ever more patients who would otherwise not be operated on due to the high costs involved. The Professor Pratt Project is partly subsidized by the Kenyatta National Hospital and local businesses. However, patients still have to pay up to 10.000 Ksh (about GBP 90) to receive treatment. In addition, new equipment is needed to perform the microsurgical operations, where functioning instruments are mandatory. Money is also needed to provide the essential aftercare of patients.
During the last projects, all the donated money, operations, materials and hospital stay could be financed for the majority of patients who we operated on. There was much gratitude from all sides. LAST years Professor Pratt Project in Nairobi took place from September 1 – 7 2013 . In 2014, the Professor Pratt Project will run from AUGUST 10th – 16th. For more details please follow the blog entries and the links on: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ug16Ic Betterplace: http://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/6774-the-professor-pratt-reconstructive-project-kenya If you would like to help you can forward any questions to us or make a donation for this great project:
The Screening Day for People living with Albinism:
Valentis Foundation, together with KACSU and the Albinism Society of Kenya successfully organized and conducted the Screening Day for people with albinism (PWA) on Sunday, 1. September 2013 More info on this day in our BLOG article here: SCREENING DAY