Home Based Care Clinics
Sister Theresa is a nurse at Kalomo and operates a number of home based care clinics – at least that is what I call the visits because she goes to one location and the people come to her. Sister Theresa has two women who are carers and who know what is happening with the people in their area. They help Sister with translations, usually Tonga as needed and do on the spot updates on each patient, which is recorded in a book. The carers pay to volunteer. I still do not understand this arrangement. Mrs. Makalani is one of the carers standing in the doorway.
Below is a picture of the clinic. The setting is very humble. You may see that the waiting room and the exam room are the same. There is no HIPPA here. Most of the clients are HIV/AIDS so Sister has a suitcase of vitamins and other supplements to assist her clients. One benefit to this group approach is that the client gets lots of emotional support from the other women, when she admits to Sister that she has been “thinking” too much. This is to say she is very worried about some aspect of her life. It was really touching to me to see the women waiting to be seen and the carers help one woman who felt so alone and overwhelmed to realize that they were her family too.