Case studies


Steven is 20 years old and lives with his mother and two sisters. The family usually cook outside on a fire made from wood. However if it’s raining they cook inside on a jiku and charcoal is used. Charcoal is expensive so Steven and a friend were trying to make...

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Isabela is 30 years old and married with two children, 2 and 17 years old. She’s also HIV positive. She doesn’t want more children and so decided to have the contraceptive implant six weeks ago. Since then she’s been bleeding heavily and losing weight and wants to...

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Redempta is 51 years old and has six children living at home.  For a week she had a fluctuating temperature, felt hot, cold and weak with a persistent cough. She thought she had Malaria and had been taking Malaria medication bought over the counter, for three days....

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Fostine was  20 years old and pregnant with her first child when she arrived at the clinic at 2 pm in the afternoon. For the first few hours it was incredible to believe she was in labour as she preferred to sit outside with her sister in law rather than lie in a bed...

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Melvin John and Cheryl Gift

When a mum brought in her 4 month old twins, Melvin John and Cheryl Gift they were both presenting a high fever of 39.6 and they weren’t eating. Fortunately their one year old sister wasn’t displaying the same symptoms. We were all concerned that they had Malaria and after checking their blood in our lab it was confirmed that they had a high count of Falciparum Malaria.

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Michelle was 18 months old when she was brought into the clinic by her parents as they suspected she had malaria. They were right. Esther, one of our nurses, was also very concerned that she seemed extremely underweight and wasn’t yet walking. Esther spoke to one of the Community Health Workers who confirmed that Michelle’s family was destitute and so she decided to visit them at their home.

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Terissia Odkho

Terissia Odkho isn’t sure of her age as she doesn’t have a birth certificate but she thinks she is 80 years old. She had ten children but nine of them died from HIV/Aids. Her one remaining daughter moved away and never visits. Her only income or means of living is what she can grow in her garden.

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