Turning bitterness into blessing

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

April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

‘The Caregivers comforted me’

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

April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

‘Thank you a lot for changing me for better’

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.

April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Another busy year!

Our excellent partnership with Embo Community Church (ECC) entered its 10thyear.  In 2018, MAI supported Community Caregivers to provide home-based care to patients living with HIV as well as covering the costs of maintenance, security, TB nurse and patient transportat ECC’s Primary Healthcare Clinic.  The clinic's nursing staff, medicines and consumables are all funded by the local Health Authority.  We are working with ECC to establish local revenue streams that can support the work long term.     2018 achievements: -Started TB patient care through supporting the position of a part-time TB nurse. Although, the KwaZulu Natal Health Authority had verbally committed to fund TB patient care running costs they have since stated that funding restraints currently prevents them doing so. -In 2018, the Community

March 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Songs for Africa- Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir

Wonderful Choir and a Visionary Church Leader! A fundraising Concert in support of Embo, South Africa with the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir and The BlueBelles female A Cappella ensemble with guest appearance from Pastor Leonard Gcabashe! Saturday 8th June at 7.30pm Kennington Village Centre Tickets £15 (£10 concessions) For tickets please contact [email protected]

March 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

MAI are looking for a Lead Fundraiser

We are looking to appoint an innovative and proactive Lead Fundraiser to sustain and develop our income generating activity.  Starting with a focus on individual giving and churches.  This is a new role and an exciting opportunity to shape the future of fundraising at Medic Assist International. MAI is a Christian specialist charity passionate about improving healthcare provision for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the world. Established in 2003, it has improved healthcare for over 50,000 people.  Currently, we are working with local partners in Nepal, India, South Africa and South Sudan. We raise funds for appropriately resourcing and developing local partners healthcare provision as they work to establish long term local sustainability. We are looking for

February 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|