Caroline writes: This man is a 41 year old male patient that the caregiving team currently supports. He shared some of his story with us and he has a very positive outlook on life that has been enhanced through the care programme. He lives like any other patient in very minimal surroundings in a breeze block hut with a tin roof with just two very small rooms in very poor light. The walls are dirty and depressing. Access to his property was difficult as it was good a walk from the car and down a steep rock face which would be quite dangerous in adverse conditions. Maya has been caring for him for a number of months whilst he recovers
The Lebanon project is into its second year. MAI is funding two thirds of this pilot project conducted by SKILD (BMS is supporting the other third). The latest report from SKILD is encouraging in several respects. Firstly, they say: “The project has had a positive influence at school level and the Ministry of Education level. The ministry is planning to hire special educators in 30 schools.” This is a significant breakthrough for inclusion in state education. Only one third of schools in Lebanon are public schools. Normally, parents with good incomes would choose to send their child to a private school. A minority of private schools take inclusion seriously but this Government decision has the possibility of achieving cultural change.
We are very excited! As the latest image shows, the walls of the TB Clinic extension are up and the roof is on! Thanks to good weather, things have progressed well and are on track and to budget. This extension will decrease the risk of cross contamination both for patients and staff. The cost to MAI is in excess of £60,000. Additional funds are required to provide the non-building add-ons such as water retaining tanks and a security system. Caregiving in the community continues to do well. In April the health status of 90% of the HIV clients was reported as good and no client was noted as in very poor health. Clients involved in a mutual support group organised
In the coming months, MAI will sign two new Partnership Agreements with India and Nepal. This will extend our geographic spread, returning to Asia, and build our portfolio as other projects come to a close. We will partner with the Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) in India. The three year project will provide 175 patients and their families with good quality palliative care through a home based care service supported by Chinchipada Christian Hospital in Maharashta State. 60 volunteers will be enrolled and trained in the home care service. Also, we will partner with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and their local partners. The three year project will seek to increase the local level response in HIV and AIDS prevention,
The Primary Health Care Centre that MAI funded in Romogi, South Sudan had to close its doors when inter-tribal conflict broke out in Kajo Keji County and most people fled to refugee camps in Uganda. When MAI Board member, Poppy Spens, visited the refugee camps recently, Rev Alex Aciga sent us this video message. He is the Operations and Resource Director for the Diocese of Kajo Keji. You can view the video message by clicking here. Save
The foundations of a new extension serving TB patients have been laid. Work will commence shortly on the walls and an order has been placed for the roof. MAI has been raising funds for this project and are nearing the target needed. New regulations mean that Embo Clinic is required to add separate entrance and consultation rooms for TB patients. An average 0f 87 such clients have been attending the Clinic recently. TB is the leading cause of death in health facilities in KwaZulu Natal, accounting for 22.3% of deaths in 2013. HIV prevalence in KwaZula Natal among adults aged 15–49 years is 17.9 %, the highest rate in South Africa. People with undiagnosed, untreated and potentially contagious TB are