By Pat Rumer, Debt Detective, Jubilee USA
In January 2007, I visited Lusaka as part of a Jubilee USA delegation.
I was so impressed by the compassionate care that Our Lady's Hospice provided to its clients that I returned this week to Kalingalinga, Lusaka, Zambia to visit. In particular, I remembered Matron Venus Shamoya who is working post-retirement at the hospice. The Director, Sister Kay O’Neil is from Ireland.
I asked Venus and Sister Kay what has changed in the past three years regarding HIV-AIDS. The good news at the hospice is that they have a 70% recovery rate with people living and working with HIV-AIDS. They have expanded their outreach clinic and prevention program. The clinic serves approximately 1600 patients a month.
The people staying in the hospice are “sicker” and usually come from outside Lusaka but even among the more advanced cases, some of the people have recovered. The hospice has bed capacity for 30 patients.