"Comfort, yes, comfort my people!" says your God.
Imagine that one of your loved ones has been in a bus accident and has landed in the hospital. Now imagine that you have to drop everything and travel great distances to become the basic caregiver for your loved one! You're worried, you're confused, you don't know what to do or how to do it. How will the rest of the family manage while you are gone?
Unfortunately, this is the present reality of hospital care in Uganda. Due to a severe shortage of health care professionals across the country, patients who are admitted for treatment have to provide for their own basic care. This critical function usually is performed by a close relative or friend who becomes known as the patient's "Informal Caregiver." The hospital provides the needed treatment, a bed, and a meal for the patient, but the Informal Caregiver performs many of the basic nursing functions critical to the patient's recovery. These heroes, for the most part, have no medical training or experience. Quite often, they have no place to stay and little money for food, transportation, or other necessities.
Good Gaali demonstrates our love for humanity by stepping into this situation and providing Caregiver training, basic necessities, and spiritual care and support for the Caregivers and their patients. Each day the Good Gaali bikes load up with supplies and make their way to the hospital to meet up with new arrivals. Our goal in this difficult situation is to improve the healthcare outcomes for the patients and to ease the burden facing the everyday heroes who care for them. Through showing the love of Christ in real, practical ways, and offering a time of prayer and fellowship, we aim also to have the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world.
Informal Caregivers eat, sleep, rest and care for their loved ones outside the pediatrics ward.
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