During the last quarter, MAI funded staff worked with 179 patients. 57% were HIV positive while some 20% were cancer sufferers. The home based palliative care initiative covers 10 areas to the south and east of Ngora Town. Each area has its own Community Health Worker who are supported by two part time nurses and overseen by Nurse Rose. Each CHW looks after an area of about 20 square kilometres with at least tow villages and it can take 45 minutes to ride by bicycle from one end of their area to the other.
Nurse Rose and the other qualified nurses undertake assessments with the CHW who, thereafter, take on responsibility for caring, supporting and advising the patient. This includes working with any family members to enable them to support the client; but many clients live alone because of stigma and poverty which forces families to abandon those who need expensive treatments and medication.