This month we bring you a story directly from the frontlines of our work in Malawi. This story was written by GAIA’s Clinical Officer, Chikondi Gwengwe, who along with the rest of the GAIA team, brings critically needed healthcare services to communities in the most rural and remote regions of Malawi.
This is Dan M.
Dan is 17 years old and lives in a small rural village in Malawi’s Phalombe District. At three years old, Dan was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological condition characterized by episodic seizures. Dan has faced stigma and isolation from friends due to his epileptic condition. As a result, he grew cold towards others. His parents tried to collect anti-epileptic drugs from government hospitals each time he experienced seizures.
But due to chronic stock-outs in Malawi’s government hospitals, Dan often went several months without medicine. As a result, Dan experienced continuous seizures which resulted in multiple bodily injuries.
But when GAIA’s mobile health clinic rolled out services in Phalombe through the Dr. Don Thomas Family Mobile Clinic, Dan’s health improved tremendously. His wounds have healed and he can rely on receiving a steady supply of the necessary medication to manage his condition.
Because of GAIA, Dan is able to interact with friends. Because of GAIA, Dan no longer experiences seizures.
GAIA mobile clinics, through its committed staff, are determined to provide quality care to those most in need at the far end of the road.
Chikondi M. Gwengwe, GAIA-Malawi Clinical Officer