Chikondi’s Story-by Carolyn Moore
Hopelessness to Health
“Chikondi” had lost the will to live. She no longer cared enough about herself to take her daily AIDS medications (ARVs), and her health deteriorated. In her despondency, she even turned away from her family. However, things began to turn around for Chikondi the day someone brought her to the Partners in Hope Medical Center. Read More
One Couple's Journey-by Brenda Jansen
"Don't put it off until you're sick"
Not an ‘Easy Fix’-by Brenda Jansen
A complicated family situation impacts one young girl's life
(story began in November, 2009...read last paragraph for today's update)
Grace’s “Best Day”-by Dr. Perry Jansen
She said, “This is my best day”."Grace” was a new patient to Partners in Hope this week. She’d seen several doctors over the last few months for pain in the front of her chest which worsened with swallowing. With sores in her mouth and symptoms of a fungal infection in her esophagus, no one had even suggested that she might have HIV. Read More
Madalitso's Story-by Dr. Perry Jansen
I still remember my first contact with "Madalitso", a 35 year old man who works with a large organization in Malawi. His was not an uncommon story… a young, previously healthy man who came with the diagnosis of a “stroke”. Like many others I have seen, the left-sided paralysis was not due to a stroke, but a serious fungal infection that can be seen in AIDS patients (toxoplasmosis). Read More
Mercy's Story-by Brenda Jansen
"Even with HIV, life is still bright"
Stephen's Story-by Brenda Jansen
"It doesn't mean it's the end of your life"
Tapiwa's Story-by Brenda Jansen
She held tightly to her walking frame on wheels, taking each step with care as she came to meet me. My first impression of "Tapiwa" was made by her smile and the warmth in her eyes. However, as she began sharing her life’s story, her smile left her face, and her eyes revealed much sadness. Read More
Mateo's Story-by Brenda Jansen
His small physical frame betrays his inner strength.
"Mateo" greeted me warmly and welcomed me into his living room, eager to share his story. The sincerity in his eyes and the gestures of his hands, often placed on his chest as he spoke, told me that this would be no ordinary visit. What he would describe to me about living with AIDS, losing his precious wife, and struggling to support his two teenage children, would understandably bring about hopelessness and despair. But as I listened, I observed something very different. Read More
Emma's Story-by Brenda Jansen
Losing her father when she was a teenager impacted "Emma’s" life more deeply than she understood. Her longing for a sense of family and security lead her to join a group of girls who took her further down a path of despair, they were prostitutes. Read More
Gratitude for Life-by Brenda Jansen
Gratitude for life. . .
that’s what the man expressed to Perry as he greeted him that Sunday
morning. He was one of many patients who had nearly given up on life.
His wife had died, and he was so frail that he could no longer walk. But
there he was, healthy again, his perspective on what’s important
forever changed. Observing this man pray and sing praises to the Lord in
our church’s worship service is more than heartwarming. His story is
one of many that add to Perry’s passion for his job here in Malawi. It’s
about people getting off their deathbeds, returning to work, resuming
the care of their children. It’s about offering hope to the nearly
Chimwemwe's Check-up-by Melissa Aberle-Grasse
Follow Chimwemwe Disi, age thirteen, on her trip across town to the Moyo clinic.Just a monthly check up… yet there are so many obstacles along the way on her journey. Read More