From February’ Report:
“We visited a 48-year old male patient in the area of Jerusalem Trust. He lives alone in his two-roomed house. The patient was diagnosed with tuberculosis and is on treatment. He also complains of painful lumps from his prostate. He is not working; he said sometimes it is difficult for him to get food to eat.
“Solution: We advised him to visit the clinic so he could get help with the pain from his lumps. After he said he struggled to get food we gave him a food parcel. We prayed for him and encouraged him to drink lots of water and eat healthy food at all times.
“We encouraged him to stay healthy, wash his hands before and after eating as well as when he comes from the toilet, and to always wear his face mask to protect himself from the coronavirus. We promised to visit him again to check on his wellbeing.”
From November’s Report:
“When doing our home visits we came across an old man who is mentally disturbed, walking by the side of the road. He was going around begging people for food to eat. We approached the man and found that both his legs were swollen. We ask him where does he live, he told us he lives at Phola, so we promised to visit him where he lives.
“The following day we visited him where he lives like we promised, and we found him sitting outside his one room house. He was very happy to see us; he said he is living alone in his one room house. We gave him a food parcel and a rub-rub to smear his swollen painful feet. We prayed for him and also promised to visit him on our home based care visits.”
Our September fund-raising campaign means that more people like this can benefit from food parcels rather than just a visit from carers. I have accompanied carers on home visits in the past, and experienced the pain of not being able to relieve hunger because eMasoyi had run our of supplies. So many thanks to those of you who donated.
“We visited a blind female patient who is only nineteen years old. The patient has defaulted her HIV treatment. She said that every time she took her treatment she vomited because she was three months pregnant. After defaulting she was now bedridden and unable to do anything. We taught her mother how to change her bed position and linen when damp, and to always open windows for fresh air. We gave her a food parcel, encouraged her to continue taking her medication and promised to visit her again.
“On our next visit we found that she had just returned from hospital after a miscarriage. We explained to her mother that this was because she had defaulted her medication. We encouraged the patient to not default her medication again.”
This is how the extra food parcels we are providing will be used.
From August’s Report:
“We visited a fifty-one year old female patient from Chochocho village. She informed us that her husband died five years ago, when he defaulted on his treatment, resulting in his death. After this, she was employed at his place of work, but after sometime things did not go well for her.
“She suddenly fell really ill and was not able to work. When admitted to hospital she tested HIV positive and was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. Her viral load was very low and she was unable to return to the physical work she had been doing. She is now unemployed, and depends on her child’s social grant to get food and other basic needs. We gave her a food parcel and encouraged her to have a vegetable garden that will help them to have more food on their table.”
“We visited a male patient at Chochocho trust, he is 37 years old. The patient lives with his wife and two children in their two room’s shack. The patient is on ARV treatment and has abdominal cancer. He is not working, he depends on the child social grant which his children are receiving, and the odd jobs which his wife is working around the community to buy food and to have transport money for his monthly hospital check-ups for abdominal cancer and sores on his body,
“Challenge: The patient has bad smelling on his body wounds.
“Solution: We taught the patient how to properly clean his wounds and the importance of hygiene. We also gave him a food parcel as they are struggling to get food to eat.”
Children collecting food parcels
“In Mgcobanini Trust, we visited a female patient; she is a single mother who is living with her 12-year old child. She is on HIV treatment, which she started 2010; her 12-year old son is also on HIV treatment. The patient is not working whilst her baby is at school. They both survive with the social grant which the child receives. They do
not have anyone else to help in supporting them, and they are struggling as their situation is very poor. We gave the patient a food parcel, and prayed for her that God will intervene in her and her child’s situation.”
From a February Report:
“In Jerusalem Trust, we visited a male patient. He is on both HIV and TB treatment. He is living alone. Both his parents passed away and other family members have abandoned him. The Patient is unemployed, living in a two-room house which is not in good condition. As the patient is not working, he depends on his neighbours to give him food to eat so he can take his medication properly. When we visited him, we gave him the UK Trust food parcel, as he deserved it. We also prayed for him.”
Home-based care worker report:
“A male patient was reported by community members to have defaulted on his treatment [for HIV/AIDS], and now he’s very sick, weak and dizzy. He tried to cross the road and a car knocked his right leg and it was broken. The hospital bandaged him, and also diagnosed TB. After two days he was discharged without a plaster cast because the leg was swollen, and he was told to come back after two weeks. The community members donated money for him for transport to go to the hospital, but they told us that they don’t have money to donate for him to go again.”
“When we visited, we found him sleeping in a one-room house. He also cooks food there. We gave him a food parcel and money to hire transport to take him to the hospital. We taught him about hygiene; and to open windows for fresh air. We prayed for him, and promised to visit him again.”