HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland

by Kudvumisa Foundation USA Inc
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HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
HIV Care for 5000 children/caregivers in Swaziland
Dr Marshal examining a pergnant young woman
Dr Marshal examining a pergnant young woman

A few months ago  we acquired ultrasound equipment and enthusiastically began providing a variety of scans for our patients. With the help of Dr. Marshal, we now offer obstetric ultrasound scanning, which is vital for pregnant mothers. We’re also able to provide gynecology scans to check for fibroids and ovarian cysts as well as abdominal scans where we check the liver, gallstones, and kidneys. Dr. Marshal volunteers weekly at the clinic and has been a great help in ensuring that this service is up and running. We’re very glad that our patients are now  able to access ultrasound scanning without having to travel great distances to other health facilities. This is a really big win for everyone who relies on the clinic for accessing health services.

This additional service is critical to helping our patient population maintain health and wellbeing.

Using the ultrasound unit to do an exam
Using the ultrasound unit to do an exam

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Nomsa under the care of a Kudvumisa Nurse
Nomsa under the care of a Kudvumisa Nurse

The community-based care we provide goes beyond just HIV care.

Nomsa is a 52-year-old woman in southern Lubombo region. She visits our southernmost clinic at Nsoko. Nomsa has high blood pressure and diabetes and has been on treatment for the past 7 years. She lives with her children who are all currently out of school. Nomsa is also a widow, having lost her husband in last year due to a respiratory condition.

Before Nomsa was diagnosed with diabetes, she experienced multiple breast abscesses which were later confirmed to be related to the chronic disease. Unfortunately, while undergoing treatment, she developed lower leg ulcers which sadly developed gangrene within a month. She was immediately transferred to the Good Shepherd Mission Hospital for double amputation.
 
We were made aware of Nomsa’s plight when we were approached by her daughter seeking help for her. The double amputee is now completely immobile and therefore struggles with traveling to a healthcare center for medication refills and check-ups. Her state of immobility has also stolen her joy and makes it difficult for Nomsa to enjoy a good quality of life. Since then, the Sihawu clinic staff has been visiting Nomsa for health care delivery, distribution of food parcels, and continuous monitoring. The clinic has also been able to treat some of her presenting symptoms and provide her with counseling sessions. However, the clinic has now picked up on a breast mass that has Nomsa in pain during cold weather.
 
Nomsa’s story, as with every other patient that we encounter, has greatly moved us to compassion. She is in dire need of a wheelchair and food. There is also a growing concern over the lump that is developing and she must visit a higher facility to undergo a biopsy.

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Dr Mphofu seeing patients at the Kudvumisa Clinic
Dr Mphofu seeing patients at the Kudvumisa Clinic
"Being a doctor in private practice I noticed the immense difference in cost of care between Kudvumisa and the private health sector. It really takes a lot of passion, goodwill and resources to go to the deepest and marginalized of parts of society and say, 'here I am. I endeavour to serve you, to reach out to you and treat you for free!' It's heart-warming and that's what Kudvumisa Foundation is doing."
These are the words of Dr Mpofu who is working with us at our clinic on a weekly basis.
Dr Mpofu brings a new level of care to the communities Kudvumisa Fundation serves. In the past, patients which required care beyond our nurse led primary care had to be referred to distand faciltites. Care for many of our most critical patients can be provided here at our clinic now without bursening our clientel with extra transport and health care costs.
But all this does come with additional costs to our organization. Expanding our available pharmacy and equipment come a tremendous costs.  Please consider helping!
Dr Mphofu seeing patients at the Kudvumisa Clinic
Dr Mphofu seeing patients at the Kudvumisa Clinic
Dr Mphofu with student doctor
Dr Mphofu with student doctor

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This family survives by collecting bitter herbs
This family survives by collecting bitter herbs

Every week community members make their way into the clinic in Maphiveni or are seen by the mobile outreach into the more isolated areas showing signs of nutritional deficits.  It is especially hard to see young mothers struggling to feed their babies and children.

Our nurses take the time to hear each person’s story.  We are grateful to be able to "prescribe" food parcels to the most desperate and vulnerable.  The only way a person can stay strong and fight sickness and disease is to be able to access a balanced and nutritional diet. Sometimes we are able to supply fortified rice packs; sometimes we can supply full food parcels. Both of these are meant to provide our community members who need it a way for their bodies to fight and recover from disease.

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The team getting ready to leave
The team getting ready to leave

There’s a flurry of activity. Conversation rising up into the air as grass mats are folded and loaded into a helicopter. On the lawn, our staff is enthralled in activity mixed with occasional laughter and amusing banter- something very common at the clinic. Eventually, after all has been lifted into the chopper and our team ready to swoop into the sky, up and away (to a nearby community) they shuffle and huddle up for quick photos. On their matching t-shits, the organisation logo sits boldly; a glaring reminder that teamwork truly does make the dream work

On the 22nd of April, we collaborated with Mercy Air, a Christian mission aviation non-profit with a base in South Africa, to conduct two medical outreaches in the northern Lubombo communities of Shewula and Lomahasha. Mercy Air provided transport by helicopter for our medical team of 3 nurses and 2 medical assistants/HIV testing counsellors. We created make-shift consultation rooms using a gazebo divided into 4 and school tables we had borrowed. In those makeshift rooms we were able to provide clinic registration, nursing consultations, and access to pharmacy.

With the help of Mercy Air, our team greatly cut down on travel time, which would on a normal day be 5 hours up and down rocky dirt road but we managed to do so in under 30 minutes! (Yes, 30) and because of that, the medical team was able to care for, screen and assist more people. A total of 73 patients; 35 in Shewula and 38 in Lomahasha. We were able to provide consultation and treatment for HIV management, joint pain, allergies, hypertension, infections, scabies, and the common cold. We were also able to see many littles children as well as a number of elders who had come seeking medical attention.

We are super thankful to Mercy Air for allowing us to achieve so much; Providing outreach in two distant communities within the same day and returning to the clinic fresh with energy to spare.

WE are also thankful for all our supporters who help make HIV care and treatment available every day!

Happy faces
Happy faces

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Kudvumisa Foundation USA Inc

Location: Glenmoore, PA - USA
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Daran Rehmeyer
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