Phillie Gasa

This lady (pictured with Nurse Joyce) has a story that is far too familiar in Embo but very typical.

One of the church Caregivers funded by MAI had been told of a this woman who neighbours heard was unwell.  She paid a visit and decided to ask the supervising nurse, Sister Joyce, to talk with the woman.  There were the usual signs but the woman was reluctant to be tested – such reluctance is sadly far too common in Embo.  Thankfully, using all her experience, Joyce was able to persuade the lady to be tested.

Not only was she shown to be HIV positive but also had TB.  So serious was her condition that she was hospitalised for six months.  Both her parents are dead and her brother works only part time and had tried to care for her.

She is back home and cared for by the Caregiver, Gertrude.  She is improving steadily and so grateful for the help she has received.  Because of her incontinence, the project provides her with nappies and transports her for regular physiotherapy.  Moreover, Gertrude is helping her apply for her ID document which she does not have and which prevents her receiving any government benefits.

Your support of this project is transforming this kind of familiar story.  It is happening slowly but with lasting consequences.  Thank you.