The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. - Psalm 9:9-10
As vaccinations and stronger healthcare systems bring the promise of normality closer to many of us, we remember that isn’t the case everywhere. God is on the side of those who are oppressed and would otherwise feel forsaken and we should be too.
Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in Malawi but vaccinations have stopped because the doses have run out and deliveries have been delayed. Please pray for healthcare providers who are feeling the pressure once again, for safety from the virus and for a speedy delivery of vaccine doses.
Pray for INF’s focus on mitigating the risk of COVID-19 in the community and hospital settings. INF is exploring how best it can support the government’s effort to limit the spread of the disease, support local quarantine and isolation centres. Pray for the newly formed INF Nepal Central COVID Coordination Team who will gather information and provide timely staff care through a clear and concrete understanding of the situation.
Praise God for the Chifundo project which has just finished. It brought quality palliative care to rural health facilities all over Malawi, and embedded it there, through training staff, establishing long-lasting, sustainable routes to pain relief drugs, and ensuring that nutritional support is considered part of palliative care in Malawi. Well before the end of the project, all 26 rural participating facilities were giving free drugs to all their palliative care patients, and the local District Health Office had accepted this as its responsibility.
Pray for the work of Dr Prabhu and the team at Duncan Hospital. Pray for them during times of personal loss and tragedy, tremendous emotional strain, oxygen supply challenges and manpower shortages.
At the same time, we give thanks for a good infrastructure in place at Duncan hospital, that staff were well prepared for the pandemic, had been vaccinated and are such dedicated workers. A good relationship with the Government was a blessing, together with the support of the public.