>This is going to be a celebratory blog this week – looking at overcoming malaria and marathons…
You may be wondering why this blog is coming out slightly later than normal? It’s because in the last week we’ve all been anxiously waiting to hear more news of Moreen who was rushed to hospital with falciparum malaria last weekend … and thankful we can now report she’s at home and on the road to recovery. Although people in Uganda often get malaria – falciparum malaria is the worst kind (malaria plus plus plus in the words of Mike our regional director).
We give all of our children mosquito nets and talk with them about the importance of using them – but obviously they are not under them the whole time and unfortunately there is no vacination that we can give them to help to protect them from this killer disease yet.
One of our trustees Nicola Sansom was also struck down by this severe type of malaria earlier this year and this is what she has to say about it. “I can honestly say that it was one of the worst times of my life – your head aches constantly as light burns your eyes, your ears ring and even small noises cut through you like glass. You constantly want to vomit so taking your medication is a battle just to keep it down. The fever makes you shake with cold while you’re burning up and in your semi lucid state you just can’t understand why people are being so cruel as to take your blankets away. And if you are lucky enough to survive you then have a long battle to rebuild your strength, as you are so pysically weakened and exhausted all the time – I still needed a month off work after coming out of hospital just to get my strength back enough to be able to walk from the bus to the office.”
“I was lucky because I didn’t get symptoms until I got back to the UK so I was extremely well taken care of by the NHS in a specialist tropical ward – I got my own room and round the clock care … The vast majority of people who get this in Uganda can’t afford that kind of treatment. They are lucky if they can afford to go to the local clinic for a drip/ medication – but after that most people would have to go home to be taken care of by their family and hope for the best…”
So from this I hope you can understand why we are so happy that Moreen is on the path to recovery now – it’s not going to be easy for her, she’s going to be behind at school and feel very tired for the next few weeks … but she’s over the worst of it now and will have all our support to be fighting fit again before too long!
We’re also very pleased to say that despite all the baking sunshine John Pegington managed to slog his way around the Edinburgh marathon to help to raise money for Salve last weekend. A huge thank you and congrats to him – it helps to make all the work we do out in Uganda possible and is currently adding to our fund to buy our own land!
And another massive thank you must go to the Melbourne Rotary club in Derbyshire who invited us to come and speak with them about our work this last week and kindly gave us a donation towards our land fund too!
Do get in touch if you are interested in having someone from S.A.L.V.E. come and speak about our work at your school/group/workplace etc. We are very keen to get the word out there about the work that we are doing to support the street children in Uganda! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org