Magazine article Anglican Journal

Obrigado (Thank You)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Obrigado (Thank You)

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ASSANE MUSSA and Alima Alvide are farmers who live in the Province of Nampula, Mozambique. Throughout much of their married lives, their health has been fragile and has impacted their ability to provide for themselves while dealing with recurring diarrhea and malaria, persistent coughs and a host of opportunistic diseases. Not seeking formal treatment, the only medical attention they received was from the local, traditional doctor.

A community health worker from PWRDF partner Association of Community Health (EHALE) got to know the couple and convinced them to seek treatment at the local hospital and accompanied them to all of their appointments. When their HIV tests came back positive, they were put on an anti-retroviral regime to boost their white blood cell counts to fight the infection and build up their strength. As important as their medications were, equally important was a nutritious diet to enable them to undergo the anti-retroviral treatment which can be very debilitating without a good source of food.

Assane and Alima had limited resources to invest in their diet after years of illness and were dependent on the generosity of neighbours, which most days only provided one meal. EHALE continued to accompany them and provided the couple with home care and food baskets powdered milk, fortified flour for porridge, vegetable oil, rice, beans, dried peanuts and other food items to improve their diet. Little by little they regained their strength and their health. …

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