With every heartbreak we experience at Musana, there are multiple stories of triumph. This month we have shared the heartbreaking stories of Kauthara and Promise, two babies that died because of the complexity of the broken health care system that exists in Uganda, in which they did not have access to the services that would have saved their lives. Although we have been able to serve the health needs of over 10,000 community members through Musana Community Health Center’s outreaches and out-patient services, there is still so much NEED for in-patient and emergency care. Today, we look towards the future, when we will be able to do more for community members by expanding into a 70-bed in-patient facility with an operating room and specialty services.
We remain faithful in following God’s calling to do MORE with the fuel of Kauthara and Promise’s deaths, but also, our many successes that remind us that God provides. Today, we want to share another chapter of Kauthara’s story because after the dark episode of her death, her twin sister, Kauda, offers us a beacon of hope.
When Kauthara was first brought to Musana, she was accompanied by her beautiful twin sister, Kauda. Their father had abandoned the family after their birth due to Kauthara’s disfigurement. Their mother was left desperate and hopeless with no means to provide for her children. Our health team at Musana Community Health Center along with our social workers joined together to find the father and reconciled the family. A month after Kauthara’s death, mother and father traveled 60 miles to Musana from their village after Kauda’s fever spiked. The parents arrived devastated, experiencing dejavu after the exact same situation took Kauthara’s life. Like her twin sister, Kauda was suffering from severe malaria and anemia. Fortunately, her parents got her to Musana in time where she was treated for malaria and given blood boosters. Our doctors saved her life and two parents from becoming childless.
It is easy to question whether we are doing enough during times of despair. Battling the broken health care system in Uganda feels overwhelming and, at times, hopeless. However, through success stories like Kauda, we stay firm in knowing that nothing is too big for God. Expanding Musana Community Health Center will be one step in mending the broken system by offering transportation services and a quality compassionate facility for the people of Iganga. We cannot do it alone and today, we ask you to join us!
Together, let’s save lives!