My name is Amina. My baby's name is Malaika, which means angel in Swahili
In Tanzania, our children are our greatest treasures.
Most days I must leave my children to fetch water many miles away. Sometimes it takes us all day.
In the evening, I return home to gather food from the garden and to cook supper over the fire.
Three days ago, my baby Malaika became ill. Now she has a fever and is very sick. I must find a doctor.
Since, my husband is away finding work in the city, I must travel alone and leave the other children at home.
We are going to walk to the other side of the mountain to the clinic. It will take me two days. I hope the weather is good.
I will bring some greens on my journey for my food. I will have to find water along the way.
I am thirsty now. The road is very hot and dry. Malaika has been crying all day.
I am tired after walking all day. Tonight I will sleep here. Tomorrow, I will finish my journey to the clinic. I pray that Malaika will live through the night.
I have finally arrived at the clinic. I wait here with the other women for six hours. Malaika's fever is very high now.
The nurse tells me that they have no doctor or medicines for Malaika. “But my baby is so sick. Please help us!”
She tells me that I must go to the hospital in Same at the base of the mountain - 30 kilometers away. I am afraid to go to a big town. I don't know anyone there and my children at home must be worried by now.
As I arrive at the hospital in the evening, I feel very hungry. I have not eaten or had water all day. Malaika has not nursed since yesterday.
When I arrive at the hospital, the ward nurse tells me that all of the beds are full. Some have three patients in one bed. I must wait. I am very tired. Malaika is sleeping now.
Finally the nurse comes out to examine my baby girl
The Woman-to-Woman Project $50 can change a woman's life!
<ul>What is MDA? </ul><ul><li>Mission Doctors Association has sent and supported Catholic doctors and their families in mission hospitals and clinics around the world since 1959.
Doctors work for free to care for patients and provide training and support to improve the quality of healthcare in the long term.
For doctors and their families who serve long-term, MDA provides airfare, insurance and a small stipend. </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors and their families who serve short-term, one – three months, cover all of these expenses with the help of family and friends. </li></ul>
<ul>MDA is making the most of your donations </ul><ul><li>National office in Los Angeles is staffed by 2 employees
Mission families on short-term assignments raise funds on their own.
Committed board of directors underwrites many activities with personal resources.
For every $100 Mission Doctors Association receives, a volunteer physician can care for 33 patients