This special match comes at a critical time of year when medicines are needed more than ever, particularly for millions of children living in poverty, medicine is simply not available or affordable.
Even basic medicine is too expensive for many families to purchase. So children’s illnesses go untreated, often leading to lifelong problems.
This was the situation for Joseph, a precious six-year-old whose mother, Myra, was doing her best to care for him.
The youngest of three children, Joseph had been sick off and on for half his life. It started as a cold that went untreated. Then he developed an ear infection and sore throat that had likely turned into strep.
Both of these infections, if left untreated, can affect children’s lungs and heart. In fact, a recent article in the New York Times said, “…in poor countries, strep throat often goes undiagnosed and can become a long, slow death sentence. Without treatment, it can lead to rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, in which the immune system attacks the heart valves…”
As a single mother, Myra worked hard to care for her family, but medicine
Fortunately for Myra and Joseph, MAP recently delivered pediatric antibiotics to the clinic where Joseph had been treated. When our team visited the clinic, Joseph was being seen by the clinic doctor.
“I am so very grateful to everyone who made this medicine possible,” Myra said as she cried. “I can’t thank you all enough.” Then the doctor began to cry…and so did everyone as we rejoiced with Myra that Joseph was finally getting the help he needed.
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