Simphiwe has been on ARV’s for 18 months. Her health has always been frail. In August 2010 she suffered a right stroke and was transported by CHIPS in a critical condition to Good Shepherd Hospital in Siteki. She was in a coma for two weeks and spent an additional six weeks slowly recovering. She is now able to walk and talk but it has left her with some deficits in learning and mobility.
CHIPS sustains Simphiwe through providing transport to the hospital for her ART Refills and doctors’ visits to GSH. She has recently had a hearing screen because it was noted she was very hard of hearing; perhaps due to ART.
The long term future for her is uncertain as she is unable to attend government primary school: it is a long distance to walk and she tires easily, she has fallen far behind the other children of her age. Her hearing problems also make it difficult to attend school. Her family are looking into the possibility of placing her in a special residential school here in Swaziland.
CHIPS makes regular visits to the homestead to encourage the family to continue the physiotherapy and to assess any new problems while offering encouragement and praying with them.
There are nine other children living at the homestead. The father works as a casual labourer for the sugar corporation.
Vusile was born into a family already devastated by HIV/AIDS. Brothers, sisters, his mother, had all succumbed to AIDS. CHIPS made it possible for Vusile to receive care and treatment since 2009. Born with severe motor control problems, in 2009, Vusile was found crawling in the mud of his homestead. Unable to speak and unable to lift himself up, he was left to wallow in the mud and dirt. In 2010, a baby's walker was donated and given to Vusile. He could now scoot around and stay out of the mud.
Throughout the years, Kudvumisa Foundation through the CHIPS program, has provided the support necessary for Vusile's caregiver to get him to the clinic, get his ARV refills and emergency trips when his health deteriorated. Also in 2010, a new caregiver joined the homestead. This lady took special care of Vusile, talking to him, working with him to where in a few short years, Vusile was walking and talking all by himself.
The HIV care Vusile receives is not limited to just himself. His father is also a part of the program and receives help and support to receive his ARVs through Kudvumisa Foundation.
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Shandu had hip surgery 18 months ago and has limited mobility. He has been in the CHIPS program since 2009. CHIPS staff makes frequent visits to his homestead just to check that he has food, wood, water, to share prayer and the Word of God with him.
CHIPS provides transport for him to obtain his ART Refills from the government clinic in Vuvulane. He is unable to work, read or write so he relies on the CHIPS staff to inform him of his next clinic visits and to supply batteries for his alarm clock so he knows when it is time to take his medication.