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Mission doctors benefit 2012

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Mission Doctors Family in Tanzania

Mission Doctors Family in Tanzania

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  • 1. My name is Amina. My baby's name is Malaika, which means angel in Swahili
  • 2. In Tanzania, our children are our greatest treasures.
  • 3. Most days I must leave my children to fetch water many miles away. Sometimes it takes us all day.
  • 4. In the evening, I return home to gather food from the garden and to cook supper over the fire.
  • 5. Three days ago, my baby Malaika became ill. Now she has a fever and is very sick. I must find a doctor.
  • 6. Since, my husband is away finding work in the city, I must travel alone and leave the other children at home.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. I will bring some greens on my journey for my food. I will have to find water along the way.
  • 9. I am thirsty now. The road is very hot and dry. Malaika has been crying all day.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. I have finally arrived at the clinic. I wait here with the other women for six hours. Malaika's fever is very high now.
  • 12. The nurse tells me that they have no doctor or medicines for Malaika. “But my baby is so sick. Please help us!”
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. Finally the nurse comes out to examine my baby girl
  • 17. “Malaika has died,” she tells me.
  • 18. In Tanzania there are 200 doctors available for 40 million people
  • 19.  
  • 20.
      Some villagers walk for hours, even days, on steep mountain paths to see the doctor. Most have not gotten any medical attention for years.
  • 21.
      Doctors and nurses must work with primitive technology, making it difficult to treat even the most common illnesses.
  • 22.
      When a mission doctor first arrives in a village, the waiting area is often full for weeks on end.
  • 23. A mission doctor quickly realizes that his/her work is never done
  • 24. Patients are seen in a variety of settings which requires a very flexible medical missionary
  • 25.
      The clinics are usually cement shells with no lab or x-ray
  • 26. Supplies are in great demand
  • 27. And often times hard to locate
  • 28. Operating rooms are out-dated and poorly equipped, making it difficult to perform even basic surgeries.
  • 29. Drugs are often outdated or in low supply
  • 30.
      Doctors in mission clinics often see 60-100 patients per day
  • 31. Mobile clinics often include long hours in challenging environments
  • 32.
      Sometimes mission families travel long distances in very tight spaces
  • 33.
      But the joys of working as a family in the medical missions out way the struggles
  • 34.  
  • 35.
      Children experience the joy of serving others (Cecilia as pharmacist)
  • 36. And learn to create something beautiful for God e
  • 37. OB Ward mural
  • 38. and how to give without counting the cost
  • 39.
      and learn to work hard with a smile
  • 40.
      The friends we make while on mission stay with us forever
  • 41.  
  • 42. The simple love we share fills us with great fulfillment and peace
  • 43.
      Simplicity brings many joys
  • 44.
      and brings the family closer through work and prayer
  • 45. and our mutual faith binds us as sisters and brothers in Christ
  • 46. We become “ a pencil in the hand of God” Mother Teresa
  • 47. and have a little bit of fun too!
  • 48. And you made it happen!
  • 49. Programs that you have supported this past year
  • 50. Ultra-Sound Machine
  • 51.
      Bwambo Health Center's well-stocked pharmacy
  • 52. The St. Croix Catholic Youth Center
  • 53. Change For Change
  • 54. The Woman-to-Woman Project $50 can change a woman's life!
  • 55.
      What is MDA?
    • Mission Doctors Association has sent and supported Catholic doctors and their families in mission hospitals and clinics around the world since 1959. 
    • 56. Doctors work for free to care for patients and provide training and support to improve the quality of healthcare in the long term.
    • 57. For doctors and their families who serve long-term, MDA provides airfare, insurance and a small stipend.
    • Doctors and their families who serve short-term, one – three months, cover all of these expenses with the help of family and friends.  
  • 58.
      MDA is making the most of your donations
    • National office in Los Angeles is staffed by 2 employees
    • 59. Mission families on short-term assignments raise funds on their own.
    • 60. Committed board of directors underwrites many activities with personal resources.
    • 61. For every $100 Mission Doctors Association receives, a volunteer physician can care for 33 patients
    • 62. = $3 per patient
  • 63.
      X-Ray Machine for Bwambo Hospital $10,000
  • 64.
      We are so grateful to you for making our work possible!
  • 65.  
  • 66. Please take this opportunity to consider what you might give
  • 67. So babies like Malaika will have a chance to live

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