29 Apr

Visit to 1000 Hills Clinic

            In September of 2013, two members of our team, Wendy Bjurstrom and her daughter Stina Bjurstrom, RN, spent two weeks working with the clinics in Zambia and South Africa. They flew to Africa bringing with them over 400 pounds of medical supplies and medicines. Three large duffel bags filled with supplies were first delivered to Mission Medic Air in Zambia. These supplies will allow MMA to continue flying doctors, dentists, and ophthalmologists into the bush. Without MMA, these isolated villages would have no other opportunity to receive western style medical treatment.

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Wendy and Stina Bjurstrom, RN,  met with the staff of Mission Medic Air in Zambia

Wendy and Stina were also able to deliver a new dental chair to Mission Medic Air during their trip. Purchased with funds from CompassioNow donations, this chair is lightweight and foldable, ideal for dental check-ups during weekly medical visits to remote parts of the bush. The chair and its portable drill are powered by solar batteries. Medical personnel will be able to charge the battery even while hiking to these isolated villages. The chair can also be used during medical exams out in the bush. What a great blessing this is to Mission Medic Air in Zambia!

After meeting with Mission Medic Air, Wendy and Stina flew to South Africa and drove to the Valley of 1000 Hills to spend the week with Dawn Leppan and her staff at the 1000 Hills Community Helpers  Clinic.  Stina recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Nursing.  She was able to utilize her nursing skills by treating patients at the clinic and training the Community Caregivers in using their new, donated stethoscopes from MDF Instruments. These Community Caregivers visit homebound patients in the surrounding clinics, as well as assess the needs of individuals and families in nearby villages.

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Stina Bjurstrom, RN, trains Caregivers in the proper use of their new stethoscopes

Throughout the week, Wendy continually documented the needs of the busy clinic, its patients, and its staff, all while learning the stories of the community – both the heart wrenching and the beautiful. The clinic serves a community of 20,000 people and continues to add new programs. The latest program is a safe house for children, families, and individuals suffering from physical, emotional, and financial abuse.

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Wendy holds one of three infants currently living at 1000 Hills after being abandoned by their mothers

Although the work at these clinics is far from finished, we at CompassioNow are celebrating these victories as we continue to experience God’s great faithfulness in Zambia and South Africa.

 

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