Martha Primary Health Care Clinic in Yei, South Sudan not only provides urgently-needed healthcare such as child malnutrition treatment and support for people living with TB and HIV. It also runs the only eye clinic for hundreds of miles, recently reopened thanks to a generous gift from the charity Brickworks. Within just two weeks of reopening, 25 patients needing cataract surgery had been identified. Losing your sight is challenging for anyone, but for people living in poverty and under the relentless threat of violence, it can be devastating. Cataract removal surgery gives patients back the gift of sight. In many cases, this enables them to live independently again, and to support themselves and their families. In partnership with MAI, a
The poorest often live at the bottom of the valleys. Pastor Leonard carries a disabled patient up the steep slopes of the valley to the waiting hospital vehicle that will take him for his regular check-up at the clinic.
Leading a community-transforming church in Embo, KwaZulu Natal, Pastor Leonard Gcabashe is back in the UK in June. Learn about the impact of their Caregiving health team; of the difference that the MAI funded Clinic is making. 8 June: Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir and the BlueBelles, Kennington Village Centre, 19.30 9 June: St Mary’s, Purley on Thames, Sunday morning services 9 June: Cannon Street Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, 1830 Evening Service 11 June: Andover Baptist Ladies, 14.00 11 June: Hope Church, Ferndown, 1930 13 June: Banbury Community Church, St Francis’ Church 19.30 15 June: South African Braai, Greatworth Hall, 16.00 OX17 2DH 16 June: Littleover Methodist Church, 10.30 16 June: Afternoon Tea, Christ Church Coffee Lounge, Abingdon 4.30pm 16 June: Christ Church Abingdon,
Alcohol-dependent, volatile and sometimes violent, 32-year-old Subhash was estranged from his wife and children, although they still shared a home. The care team MAI supports in Maharashtra, India trained young people in his community to make local people aware of signs and symptoms of cancer and what to do in response. After hearing from them, Subhash decided to have a lump in his mouth checked out. Tests confirmed it was oral cancer. But no one was willing to support his treatment, and the cancer developed unchecked. Nurse Jerusha with Subhash When the care team first visited, he had a large, open wound in his mouth, and was feeling very low and isolated. His wife and children refused to communicate with
Lilly and her four children have all had tuberculosis (TB). Her daughter died from it, and her son is currently being treated for it at the clinic MAI supports in Embo, South Africa. ‘I lost a lot of weight,’ remembers Lilly, ‘I was weak and spent most of the time in bed. My children felt upset and stressed to see me so unwell. Community caregivers visited twice a week. They comforted me, sometimes staying three hours at a time.’ Like HIV, TB carries a social stigma for those who contract it, making some reluctant to go for essential treatment. This only heightens the risk of their health worsening and the disease spreading, and is one of the major reasons why care in the community is
Tila only discovered that she had HIV when her baby died immediately after birth. The virus had been transmitted by her husband. He died just five months later, leaving her grieving, destitute and facing discrimination from those closest to her. For years she struggled with her health, employment and fears for the future. But she’s since received help to understand and manage her condition, to secure an income and to know she’s not alone. Today she works as a counsellor, supporting other people living with HIV as part of our Nepalese partner's community home-based care programme. She says, ‘I’ve been working with the caregiver team and serving friends like me. I am strong enough to work in hospital follow-up and counselling.