He hadn’t seen his friend in many months. When Dr. Perry Jansen came into the hospital room, he saw his Malawian friend—emaciated and ill— a stark difference from when he last saw him, only months before. Daily, Dr. Jansen was seeing patients in the hospital die from the ravages of HIV, the epidemic that was…Read More
*MedSend Grant Recipients Drs. Jared and Jenny Brockington, now serving in Kenya, share how healthcare changes lives and communities. Charity was born to a first-time mom with HIV. Normally, that one statement is enough to make any healthcare provider pause with concern. In Africa, it is all too common, but amazing efforts over the last 2…Read More
I was very inspired by MedSend grant recipients Jane Weaver, MD, and Andrew and Stephanie (MD) Ongukas’ deep love for the people they minister to. When I asked Stephanie how she felt about beginning her outreach into a Nairobi slum (was she nervous, scared?) … her only response was “excited.” As she begins her ministry…Read More
By Torrie B., RN I never thought I would have a friend in such a short time, being new in a Buddhist country on the other side of the world. But there we were, with a desk and a religion between us but not much more. I loved getting to know everything about her language…Read More
By Jason Como, MD “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling (pitched His tent) among us.” John 1:14 I was running through the dusty outskirts of town at six this morning when I ran past a “konme” (Haitian grandmother) carrying something on her head when she burst out laughing at me. I was at…Read More
By Bruce Shepherd, PA* Imagine being a 20-year-old man with your world literally at your disposal. God has gifted you with a sharp mind and you were born into a prominent and wealthy family. You could go to university – something very few people in your entire country have the opportunity to do – and…Read More
By Peter Stockton, MD It was a typical call night. Rainy. Muggy. At 7:00 p.m., I got called into the hospital right in the middle of putting the girls to bed. I had been on call every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for a month straight and it was getting old. I rode my motorcycle…Read More
By Stephanie Cox, Au.D. I met 2-year-old Joshua today. As a result of a difficult labor and oxygen deprivation at birth, he has cerebral palsy and cognitive impairment and he is blind. His parents brought him in to see me because they thought he was also deaf, but today’s test showed otherwise. When I delivered…Read More
By Melody Miller, RN Nighttime has always been my favorite. My favorite time to eat, work, read, and play. The air is fresh and my mind miraculously clears with the setting sun. On that fateful day, I stayed at work a little late to tick the final things off my list. I don’t know about…Read More
By Robin Crowell, MPAS, PA-C
Poverty… a name that immediately brings Africa to your mind. But why? What exactly does this word “poverty” mean?
“A deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.”
Why do we always assume that refers to money? Yes, a component of a poverty-stricken land is lack of monetary means. By these standards, anyone would consider Zambia poor. From the outside looking in, you can see the statistics. Over 64% of the population lives below the “poverty line.” (Living on less than $1.90 per day, or just under 20 kwacha). For the new foreigner coming to Zambia, you can see “poverty” everywhere you walk, particularly in the rural areas. Considering the worldly view, Zambia is poor…Read More
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