HIV Care and Nutrition Program (UKUN)

by East Africa Aid Foundation
May 28, 2013

UKUN Volunteer Diary (Week Four)

Captain with Mathilde and Micu
Captain with Mathilde and Micu

My fouth week began badly as I was sick with bad stomach for three days. Once I got better I continued Mr Captain’s visits and got introduced to another family of UKUN’s clients by Charles. This was our last week also at the old UKUN office.

I visited family that all three generations are infected with HIV; grandmother, mother Hadija and her two children Mohamedi and Farida. Hadija is a very cheerful lady who has been blind for three years now. Doctors said this was due to pressure in her head. Her mother (the grandmother) looks after the household and she does it really well as far as I can see. She cooks and cleans and all the family appear really well looked after. They do not appear malnourished and are in very good spirits. Hadija hopes to go to see specialist in Dar Es Salaam Muhimbili Hospital to find out why she cannot see and if there is any treatment for her. She really hopes to be able to see again. The family told me that they have their cousin who can take them to Dar Es Salaam next week and want me to go with them. Both of Hadija’s HIV positive children appear well and go to school. I will visit this family weekly and give them support if they have any issues arising. At the moment they seem fine. I do worry for the grandmother as she is probably very worried what will happen to the family if she gets sick. She seems like a‘supergranny’!

Mr Captain was his usual self. He is eating well now and has already gained some ‘meat’ around his stomach.  My friend Chanzie visited from Dar Es Salaam and volunteered to give Mr Captain a shave and a haircut- he looks ten years younger now!

In the weekend we started packing UKUN’s old office with Abdullah to move into the new office next week. It is located in Old Huruma Dispensary and also near to town. We need to get sponsors for the rent so I need to take a lot of photos I have not seen the place as the landlord is away but Charles said it was very nice and easily accessible. I am looking forward to the new office and a new start.

At the weekend I also met two really nice girls Sofie and Mathilde from Denmark who were looking for volunteer work! They are staying here two more months. I will meet with them end of next week (they are going now to Zanzibar!) and hopefully we will work together.


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East Africa Aid Foundation
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Tarek El-Shayal
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