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March 19th 2013
Published: March 19th 2013
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She was harvesting corn for chicken feed...manually cleaning the cobs. The green bucket is full of food that we brought to her.
March 19, 2013 (Siteki, Swaziland) Part of the local Nazarene mission in this area is to serve the very down and out through an HIV Task Force. Led by women leaders in the community, this group of women reach out deep and far into local communities to find the poorest suffering from hunger, disability and disease (largely HIV and TB related condition) and brings encouragement, medicines and food to these needy and underserved. We are here in conjunction with a 30 person choir delegation from the Bethany Nazarene Church here on an “AIDS Awareness” musical tour. Yesterday we broke out into six teams, and paired with the local HIV representatives, we packed medical, food supplies and toys for kids to take out to these needy homes. We each were assigned different areas and set out in packed up Kombi vans to remote rough roads – each team visited five homes. The six physicians on the medical team were each assigned to a group and the team spent time in each home visiting, examining, and sharing singing, fellowship and prayer with these patients. The doctors briefly assessed the clinical status of the patients, reviewed the medications they were on, addressed urgent needs
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The team visiting patients in a typical cinderblock home. The husband, daughter and grandchild were all positive and on ARV therapy.
as best possible with medical supplies we had in hand. Food is probably the most important thing we can bring to many of these malnourished HIV patients – all were so appreciative.

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Elderly HIV+ patient

This patient has refused to take antiretroviral drugs for her HIV infection. Compliance is a big problem in Swaziland.

22nd March 2013

Very impressive; I wish I could have accompanied you on you excursions; so much to learn. With love, Dad

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