Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Merger Phones

Jane inspecting merger phone

Remember the mega phones from your childhood?  They still serve an important function in rural areas of Africa.  Jane, our Kafwa health worker supervisor in Luapulua Zambia, says they're used to alert the villagers to gather for health programs and events..  They call them "merger" phones.  

Jane says the people find the health information sessions interesting and "all the people are very happy with our work... [and want us ] to countinue (sic) with this program."  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Under the Tree

Dr. Thomas administering an immunization
People in rural areas of Africa have limited health care options.  They are willing to walk long distances, however, to take advantage of immunizations and well-baby checkups for their children.  They may not have fancy health facilities but a sturdy tree is often a good substitute.  Weighing babies monthly is a significant tool to determine health status. The weight of a baby is tracked from birth and entered onto a growth chart that indicates the normal "Road to Health" for a baby of that age.  Babies who fall below the optimum weight level are closely tracked by the Kafwa to help the mother get the baby back on the road to health.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mama Madam

Crowd gathered to hear Mama Madam book read
Jane recently reported she frequently reads Mama Madam to the children in her area.  This little book is about two Zambian orphans' journey through grief after their mother dies. In addition to pertinent content, a picture book is a huge and rare luxury in Zambia and always draws crowds of children. -- and adults!  The book has been translated into Chibemba making it easily understandable for those who do not speak English.  Mama Madam was written by Sherri Kirkpatrick, illustrated by Marla Blevins, and now enjoyed by hundreds of children!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Healed and Walking

Mr. Bwalya walking again
The Kafwa in Luapula, Zambia are busily bringing health and healing to numerous people in the community.  One of those singing their praises is Mr. John Bwalya from Mukomansala village.  Mr. Bwalya had a severe wound on his right leg and had been unable to stand or walk for quite some time.  After the Kafwa treated his leg with guava leaf antiseptic and a small amount of triple antibiotic for several weeks, the wound healed and Mr. Bwalya was again able to resume normal activities.   Jane, who sent the picture, said "he showed so much appreciation for our treatment."   Guava leaves are plentiful in Zambia, easy to harvest and prepare, and most importantly, effective in treating infections.  Mr. Bwalya is certainly a believer!