Monday, January 20, 2020

Jumping into January

It's been a good first few weeks of the year, getting our clinics off to a good start, new coworkers settled in, and new routines figured out. Clinic has been busy as always and we enjoy seeing our patients after the long holiday. They are extra sweet to tell us how much they missed us and are thankful to have the clinic. Our chronic patients especially(with epilepsy, diabetes, hypertension, etc.), voice their appreciation for the quality care, Godly counsel and economically priced medicines.

This week a 6 yo patient came in with new onset of seizures for the last 6 months. We evaluated him and found no other neurological findings, so we treated him for presumed neurocysticercosis and gave him anti-seizure medicine.
Example of tapeworm cysts in brain.
Neurocysticercosis is a disorder caused by pork tape worm that has migrated to the brain and formed cysts and calcification in the brain that lead to seizures. In developing countries it is a common cause of seizure disorder. In addition to medication, it is important to talk about how this disease is transmitted, and easily avoided.
Life cycle of pork tapeworm

We see several patients a month with epilepsy and hear about their past episodes of injuries during seizures--falls, burns, etc. To be able to control their disease and help people live a more normal life is a great blessing. They are so appreciative to be able to get these medicines at an affordable price. Thank you to all of you who contribute funding toward our operational expenses like these medicines which change peoples' lives dramatically.
Happy New Year everyone and thank you for your prayers and financial support!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

ABC Celebration Part 2


I could not pass up, posting these 2 photos from the community of Mactzul 5.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

ABC Celebrations

For those of you who are sponsors of children in the ABC program, November and December are the months where churches come together either with other churches or on their own church to have a thanksgiving time for their children and their success of the school year.

Here are some pictures from the various communities.  You may even see someone you recognize.

This will be a year with the least amount of students that do not pass their grades and the least amount of students that are dropping out at the end of elementary school.  That is always something to celebrate about!