"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you." Psalm 55v22
When healthcare resources are stretched thin, it is imperative that they are used for the maximum benefit. That’s why our partners at Nkhoma Mission Hospital, in central Malawi, are working with local health centres to improve access to lifesaving healthcare for hundreds of thousands of people with terminal conditions. People like Olipa.
Olipa (pictured right) has cervical cancer and was once without medication, leaving her in terrible pain and unable to sleep. Her husband could do little to help her through the illness. He subsequently divorced her, leaving her without the means to support herself and her family. She used to farm but due to the severe pain, she could hardly move. Feeling hopeless, her poverty was exacerbated by her illness.
Thankfully, Olipa has found hope through the work of the home care team from Nkohma Mission Hospital, who visit her once a month and provide her with palliative care support.
“They cheer me up. I’m happy when I see them coming because I know that my pain will be taken away. I’m honoured that people would come and spend time with me.”