Of Rashes and Burns and Little Ones

This past spring, CompassioNow collected supplies, 5 bags of medical supplies to be exact, to be carried over to Malawi. In their most recent report, Passion Center for Children and their Community Health Network shared how those supplies have made a positive impact on the lives of several children in the area.

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Vanessa and Chisomo are brother and sister. They were taken to the local hospital due to severely itchy rashes on their bodies. The rashes were becoming very painful from constant scratching. At the hospital, the children were given calamine lotion for their rashes. However, the calamine lotion only made the situation worse. Community Health Network volunteers from the Passion Center for Children in Malawi learned of the itchy and painful rashes and brought antifungal meds to their home. This medicine solved the problem and cleared up the rashes quickly.

6 year old Kelvin is the youngest of three children and has suffered seizures from infancy. About 2 years ago, Kelvin had a seizure and he fell on a cooking fire. No one was around to pull him out and he suffered extensive burns. He was taken to the local hospital but they did not have the necessary wound supplies to help. Kelvin’s wound became infected and he was in danger of losing his life. That’s when the Community Health Network at Passion Center for Children learned of Kelvin’s plight. They committed themselves to helping Kelvin and over the next year and a half, they tended Kelvin’s wounds and nursed him back to health.

2 month old Maliam had a normal, issue-free birth. But almost immediately her mother noticed that she couldn’t move her left arm, hand, or fingers. Maliam was taken to the local hospital where she was assessed and given help. However, Maliam made very little progress. Volunteers from the Community Health Network also began to work with Maliam and her mother. They began doing exercises such as stroke movements, positioning, and stimulation. Since Maliam’s mother has begun these exercises, Maliam has improved greatly. The Community Health Network volunteers are keeping a very close eye on the health of Maliam and are poised to act quickly if anything arises.

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Agnes, pictured below with Community Health Network Coordinator Edwin, is 2 1/2 years old. She was born with a very low birthweight and has struggled with disease and malnourishment since. Catherine, Agnes’ mother, took her to the local hospital and she was put on a feeding program. After 2 months of regular feeding, Agnes had made no improvement and the hospital dismissed her from the program. With a new baby added to the family, Catherine is very concerned about how to care for Agnes. Edwin and the Community Health Network have prayed with Catherine and Agnes and will stand by them as they strive to heal and grow. Please join us in praying for Agnes and her family, that nourishment and peace will rain down on them.

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