Today we took a five year old with sickle cell disease to hospital. He cannot be cured but we can help control the condition. We were able to get medicine to heal some feet wounds and we are investigating sending him to a monthly special clinic about three hours from here .
We also took 8 year old Sharka who has terminal skin cancer to the eye hospital. We were able to get her glasses and eye drops as she struggles to see. Investigations at this hospital suggest the cancer is inside her eye lids causing her to scratch her lids and in the process damaging here eyes. I feel so sorry for her as she is such a gentle child . On the way back I took her to an ice cream parlour. On one level it seemed a little pathetic as a response to her condition but bringing any pleasure into her life seems important now. We are awaiting news of an operation on the tumours on her tongue.
We have also been investigating further our ambitions to build a high school for poor children in the two villages who cannot go to school beyond primary level. This is because of the huge costs and the fact these are very poor children.
Tomorrow there is a meeting with the chief education official in the district. From Monday we will be taking the teenager who cannot walk to the hospital three times a week for physio and also the tailor who had the major leg operation.
I hear that baby Idris who we have been treating is walking and making good progress.
I am looking forward to seeing him. It is all hard work here and long days but the cases speak for themselves as to why this is necessary.