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25Feb

2020 : Fighting Infections in Africa

Lent Appeal: Inter Care Fights Infections in Africa

Vulnerable children and adults are dying from treatable infections. with your donations to Inter Care’s Lent Appeal we can reach patients who are in urgent need of diagnosis and treatment to save lives.

This year we aim to support the fight of infections in Africa by providing vital antibiotics and other medical aid.  We want to reach the most vulnerable children and adults in sub-Saharan Africa by sending donated medical supplies to those who would otherwise have died from treatable infections.  Treating and controlling infections continues to be a major issue for those providing healthcare in rural Africa.  In these areas it is the most vulnerable (the young, the old, the poor) who suffer most.  World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics show, following AIDS/HIV related deaths,  respiratory tract infections are the second most common cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa.  Inter care already has large quantities of donated medical supplies, which need transporting to Africa.  This project will enable us to acquire and transport regular, sustainable supplies of these vital, life-saving medicines.  Antibiotics are crucial, but are not a complete solution.  Personal protective equipment, dressings and similar healthcare goods will also need supplying so that infections of all types can be treated and prevented.

Will you support a live in Africa?

£10 could allow Inter Care to support infection control by sending medical supplies such as dressings, bandages and personal equipment. This could stop infections occurring in up to 10 patients.

£50 could send a batch of medical devices and equipment  e.g. stethoscope, to assist with ongoing diagnosis and treatment of Patients.

£100 could purchase/send 8000 tablets of Antibiotics e.g. Amoxicillin which can treat 380 patients.

Your gift could make a massive difference   

Olivia and Melina’s Story

Olivia is just 27 with three children and her 2 year old daughter, Melina is very poorly. In 42 degree heat, Olivia cycles 5km to the clinic in Namulenga, Malawi with Melina on her back. Sister Martha was there to assist and examined the little girl, explaining that her symptoms could be signs of Malaria. Her temperature was taken using an ear thermometer that Inter Care donated. Luckily her temperature was normal so she was prescribed with suitable medicines.

Sister Martha spoke to us about the challenges she faces everyday, especially when she has no suitable medicines for her young patients.

This year we plan to send two containers of medical supplies to Africa to support our campaign and support lives.

The first, is bound for MALAWI in Spring 2020!

The second,  is going to Sierra Leone, in late summer 2020.

TO DONATE click here

To watch our video on our campaign click here

Your donation will support this campaign and ultimately, support many lives in Africa.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Inter Care team.