TB patients watch world cup
During the visit it became evident that the children and adult patients need a television set for recreation and leisure.
Due to their illness most TB patients are expected to be hospitalized for a minimum of six to eight months until they are rendered non-infectious. While some hospitals have installed equipment to help patients combat boredom and depression during the long hospitalization period, Lüderitz Hospital had few such facilities. USAID tasked the church alliance to provide a television set for the hospital’s TB ward, setting the example for other non-governmental organisations to help health facilities to address the needs of the patients.
The Church Alliance for Orphans is an umbrella faith-based organisation which focuses on supporting children in Early Childhood Development centres and after-school groups. It provides educational, health, nutritional and psycho-social support to children. It assists with training to project staff in project management, grant administration and technical skills, and parenting skills and social behaviour change communication to parents and caregivers. The alliance cares for about 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
The television set was installed free of charge by Atlantec and presented to the hospital by Dr Henry Platt, Executive Director of the alliance.