Case studies


Jackson and his wife support their family by subsistence farming on their small shamba (or field), and also by manually digging out tree roots. They have two sons with learning difficulties and they have been struggling with painful and recurring Jigger infections of...

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Several years ago Agnetta, who is in her eighties, had an amputation of her leg following a very severe infection with Jiggers, or sand flea larvae. She is now too weak to walk and has also lost her sight.Elderly subsistence farmers like Agnetta receive only a very...

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Daniel is 10 months old and had been ill with a fever and vomiting for three days before his mum Susan brought him to the clinic. She had been trying to treat him with malaria medication at home but he wasn’t improving and so they came to Buburi. This was the third...

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Emmanuel & Petronella

Petronella was in labour and was brought to the clinic at 1am by Florence, one of our experienced Community Health Volunteers. They both live in the same community and so Florence knew that it was vital that Petronella got to the clinic as soon as possible. Although...

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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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