WHY WE HELP

Gilchrist Hospice Care has pledged to provide financial, technical and educational support in order to assist Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program as they struggle to provide end of life care with limited resources.

In Tanzania:

  • 1,500,000 people are living with AIDS/HIV
  • 90,000 people died from AIDS in 2011
  • About 1 million children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS

 The hurdles the Nkoaranga staff face daily are staggering, they: 

  • serve over 900 terminally-ill patients every day with a small staff and several dozen volunteers,
  • have limited access to medications to help manage pain and other patient symptoms,
  • travel many miles over mountainous terrain and rutted roads trying to reach their poverty-stricken patients.

Thanks to the generosity of Gilchrist staff and donors, we are able to provide valuable financial support with Nkoaranga and to share our experience about what we’ve learned about best practices in end of life care. In return, we receive valuable friendship, as well as guidance from Nkoaranga’s staff and volunteers about how to do more with less and how to better care for patients in the last stages of HIV/AIDS.

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