Monday, November 9, 2009

Tetanus shots

Today I am taking one of the boys in David Family to the local hospital to receive a tetanus shot. He cut his foot on an old piece of sheet metal and somehow missed the last round of tetanus shots we gave. This is a serious issue here as we lost one of our boys two years ago when he stepped on a nail and though his family was instructed to take him for the injection, they did not. Something so simple to take care of, but a struggle to accomplish for those who don't understand or fail to appreciate the knowledge given them as to why the potential for danger lurks. There is a basic deficit of understanding of disease transmission and hygiene here in the village. It is better than it used to be 20 years ago before New Hope and Kiwoko Hospital arrived, but we still find a surprising amount of strange beliefs associated with simple sickness. Pray for us as we continue to love, live and work with the kids here. We love what we're doing and am thankful to God for the opportunity to be a part of His desires coming to pass in this region.

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