Following on from the check-ups the Doctor did yesterday with our children, we then invited the parents we work with to come in to our classes, to talk about all things relating to Health. We let the parents ask whatever questions they had, which ranged from sex, ‘safe days’ and HIV/AIDS, to Malaria, the importance of boiling water and worming.
It was handy to not only have Doctor Trevor with us but also have Chris, who was just visiting, join us as a Nurse from the UK to help in answering some of the questions.
We then visited different families to talk more personally about the health problems they faced and have problems with. We at Hope for Life want to help and support the families in Katanga as much as possible, ensuring we do so in a sustainable way.
We spoke of more specific health issues that people had within their families e.g. HIV/AIDS, liver problems, asthma, malaria.
We have found that the best way to deal with matters of health within Katanga is not always to go out and buy medication and resources to do it all for them, but instead educate the families in areas where they currently are not sure, so they know the importance of different practices, precautions and medication, encouraging families to pay for medication for their own family.
There are instances where specific medical attention is required and it’s not through ignorance, or wanting to do harm but that the parents can simply not afford to do anything about these situations.
This is a situation where one of the boys, who is apart of the Hope for Life program, and now is sponsored to go to school, not only had a hugely inflamed finger, which was proving painful but he also, just this week, had a dodgy circumcision job done on him, which has left him in more pain than normally comes with a circumcision.
We know the parent of this boy well and we understand that she can not afford to do anything about these 2 problems. So instead they were leaving the problems, hoping the finger didn’t get any worse and would be back to normal (providing no further infection was received) in 3 weeks and that the circumcision didn’t get infected and would be painful for the boy over the next month.
It is in situations like these that we are able to provide financial support, to provide for medical attention. Our Social Worker took this specific child over the next 3 days, to the clinic to be treated with antibiotics.
If you want to find out about the check-ups & more we did whilst we had the doctor with us then follow the link Day 4 – Dr Katanga (Part 1)