Ajay's story... Ragged and gaunt, scarcely able to stand, 19-year-old Ajay* staggered through the doors of Chinchpada Christian Hospital in India just a few weeks ago. As staff helped him to a bedhe told them his story. With no friend or family member to help and no money for a bus ticket, his five-hour journey to hospital had been painful and lonely. His father and new step-mother often left him to fend for himself. But that got harder and harder as he started to become ill. After a local doctor diagnosed diabetes, family members would occasionally help him buy insulin. But then even that support dried up. Finally, a kind neighbour suggested he try Chinchpada Christian Hospital, saying, ‘They helped me get well for very little money.
Musa was already HIV-positive when he was born in Embo, South Africa 22 years ago. Both of his parents died when he was a boy, and his grandmother took over his care. But then she contracted TB – and Musa had to drop out of school to look after her. A while later, Musa caught TB, too. They relied heavily on Musa’s older brother, who was the family breadwinner. But when he died of AIDS, Musa was left grieving, isolated, ill and desperately poor. He wanted to give up on life, and lay on his bed waiting to die. That’s when MAI-supported community caregiver, Priscilla, stepped in. A neighbour told her about Musa and his grandmother. On her first visit Priscilla
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