Guinea Bissau - October 31, 2013
We are returning on October 31st, 2013 to Guinea Bissau. This 9 day trip will be our second to this country without a US Embassy and no organized medical care. We were welcomed by the Minister of Health and other dignitaries and therefore see this as an opportunity of make a difference and continue to grow our relationships. At the same time we will also be helping our friend, Pastor Alusine Kpewa establish a new Christian church work in that nation.
Real life miracles
Free treatment and medicine saved lives. There were many cases of illness and disease that were cured by our team to Guinea Bissau. This African women had a case of River Blindness, an eye and skin disease caused by a tiny worm called onchocerca volvulus. This blindness is treated by an oral medication that significantly reduces the severity of the effects within 6 months. Her sight will return.
A boy burned his foot in the trash fires was brought in by his mother. He had no treatment for his foot and likely would have lost it to infection. Nurses cleaned and treated the foot while he cried, gave him an antibiotic shot. He returned the next day to receive a treasured soccer ball (donated by the Richard Riordan family). He couldn’t believe it.
This is the 18th trip to Africa for Lighthouse Medical Missions. The African people were so desperate for medical care they pushed and yelled to enter the clinic throughout the day. Most wounds came in untreated and open. Many problems would not reach this state int he US due to prevention. There is a lack of education about treatment and no money to pay for the medicine needed. Often the patients just wanted a drink of wanter. With your support, we are confident hundred of lives are changed for the good by arresting the negative impact of these illnesses. 1,000 people were treated including 8 positive HIV, polio, sickle cell and malaria cases.
To keep a lamp burning, we have to put oil in it."— Mother Teresa