There are hundreds of patients that have benefited from services at Hospice Ethiopia. Some patients are able to receive support at our daycare facilities each Tuesday. Other patients are home bound and our nurses will travel to care for them in their homes. A portion of these patients need monthly support from our comfort fund to sustain basic living (food, rent, etc). Please take time to get to know a few of our patients below. Each had a strong desire to share their story in hopes that others would learn about Hospice Ethiopia.
Fantaya has cervical cancer, she came to Addis Ababa to seek treatment from her village which was about 400 km (240 miles) away. By the time she realized the severity of her symptoms her cancer had progressed and she had a severe infection. There is very few areas in Africa in which you can be seen for cancer symptoms and only one radiography machine for a population of 100 million
Nanni is one of our HIV positive patients. As with many of our patients they are often abandoned by their families. When Nanni became a patient at Hospice Ethiopia she had been vomiting and had severe diarrhea. Our visits to her not only provide her the needed medicine, but as you can see by our interview with her, Hospice Ethiopia also provides her with the emotional support that has greatly improved her quality of life.
At the time we visited Demoz she was in her 40’s living with advanced stages of HIV. Her son still lives with her but needs to leave the home daily to make a living. The medicine and emotional support from our team has helped her quality of life.
Endaie is a male, age 37, a guard at US embassy. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer. He and his mother live together in a one room home. He was concerned that his mother was not getting sleep due to his disturbed nights as he had a colostomy, and a large tumour in his pelvis was destroying the nerves to his legs so he was virtually a paraplegic (little use of his legs). When we saw him he was in sever pain and his morphine was in short supply. He distracted himself by reading detective stories.
Alemnesh is a 40 year old woman who is widowed with two children, a son and a daughter. She lives in a government subsidized house in Addis Ababa. Alemnesh was diagnosed with cervical cancer and is HIV+. Her condition has deteriorated and she is now bedridden.