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Mission doctors benefit 2012


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Mission Doctors Family in Tanzania

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Mission doctors benefit 2012

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