The wailing cries of a frantic mother holding a child with convulsions and an extremely high fever interrupted worship on Sunday the 16th of February in Dono-Manga. Eloi, our resident nurse, rushed the mother and child to the Jordan Health Center next door and began treatment.
Everyone initially breathed a sigh of relief that the Health Center was so close. The convulsions and fever were brought under control, but it would not be enough to save this 5 year old little girl named Pandjelta. Monday morning would begin with the news that the Pandjelta had died, and a funeral
and burial would follow that afternoon.
We would learn later that the parents had been treating Pandjelta with a common local home remedy of herbs mixed with alcohol for two days until they saw the situation was out of hand and ran seeking help at the Jordan Health Center. Had these parents brought Pandjelta to the Center first, she could have been easily treated, like hundreds of others, and would have in all likelihood recovered.
Superstitions and home remedies are hard to overcome in these remote areas of Chad. Until our health center was build the people of Dono-Manga had no other option. But it is such a different story today. In the last 10 months of 2013:
· 2619 people were treated at JHC.
· Of that number 1156 were children.
· Another 120 children were born there.
· And 729 received their vaccinations.
I can assure you that without the Jordan Health Center many of these people, especially among the children, would have died needlessly of easily treatable diseases.
The Jordan Health Center is just one of the many works your donations make possible. As you can see from the above figures your gifts are bringing lasting change to one child at a time.
Stay tuned, more important news is coming your way over the next few days!