Gina is a 35 year old woman that began working in the clinic in July 2004. She comes from a nearby village called Germain. It takes her around 40 minutes to walk here.
For the last ten years she has counted and bagged up pills, made birthing kits, poured medications into bottles, cleaned and organized the pharmacy area and more. She is always ready to lend a hand when needed.
She has always been a quiet person and was very shy when she first came, but over time she became one of the team.
Her role has always been appreciated by everyone that has worked in the clinic. Here she is in a group picture of the clinic staff many years ago (2006, I think) in the green shirt.
She is quick to smile and see the positive in any situation. She has a sensitive heart towards others.
She likes to work in the clinic because she sees that there are many people that would die if the clinic wasn’t here and doing all that it is doing. She especially likes that we are able to care for malnourished and burn children. She sees that cholera would have killed many people if the staff didn’t mobilize to fight this epidemic. She is happy to be a part of the solution to these problems.
The work helps her in her home to be able to live and take care of her four daughters, ages 15, 14, 9, and 6. The youngest one she delivered in the clinic.
She wants everyone to know how much the women’s health screening are important. After her PAP test revealed abnormal cells, a visiting GYN was able to do a procedure to stop remove the bad cells on her cervix and stop the advancement of cervical cancer. Gina continues to thank everyone involved in this program and be an advocate for encouraging other women to get tested. We have had to stop the women’s screening for a few different reasons, but hope to eventually start it up again when possible. She would like for this to always be a service that is available in the clinic because she sees how it saved her life and the lives of other women.
Many of you have put together birthing kits for us to distribute to pregnant women to have a safe and clean delivery. These are great for mothers and newborns and have saved many lives. From the time that Gina has started working, she has been in charge of these kits. She puts them together when we don’t have any, makes sure supplies are stocked, and checks to make sure the ones that come from the states are complete. She really enjoys this part of her job because of the difference it has made over the years. Many mothers would not name their children until they were a few month old because so many infants died from fever, sepsis, tetanus, and other complications. Once they were a few months old and they knew that they would live, they would name them and attach with them. With the birthing kits and the clinic opened to help treat childhood diseases, many more babies are living. This is so much so that most every baby has a name when they come in to clinic now. Gina is thankful to be a part of this improvement in the area.
She wants people to know that everyone is thankful for the help that you send like supplies, medications, clothes, shoes, and other things. These items are used to help many people. If you want to send things that is good, but it is better to not send expired medications. She wants to be able to give good and safe items to the patients that come for help.
She hopes that one day Germain, the village where she lives, will have clean running water and electricity. These things can help everyone and develop the area.
She attends the Church of God in Cazale and is involved in the choir. She attends services regularly and also participates in days of fasting and praying. She enjoys the church and loves to worship God. Her favorite verse is Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” In Kreyol, it is Egzod 14:14, “Seyè a ap goumen pou nou. Nou menm, poze san nou.”