The Luke Commission’s outreaches into all corners of Swaziland keeps increasing in number and expanding in services.
It’s not unusual for 800 patients to be treated at a single outreach, which may last well into the night. This does not count reading glasses being given or new shoes being fitted on a couple thousand school children.
Besides the VanderWals and an ever-growing international staff, 80 Swazis work fulltime with The Luke Commission. They have weathered many storms with TLC and have been trained to serve their own people with expertise and compassion.
Patients are tested for HIV/AIDS, counseled individually whether negative or positive, and, when deemed medically necessary, ushered into treatment to receive anti-retroviral mediations to extend their lives.
Circumcisions are performed in an on-site operating room. The Swazi government and the US government agree that male circumcision is the key to slowing the spread of HIV.
The Luke Commission circumcises more men and boys in one day than all the rest of Swaziland combined. Studies show the HIV transmission rate is reduced by 60% in circumcised males.
Registered nurses and counselors travel back twice to check newly-circumcised men and boys to make sure they are healing properly, to answer questions, to share the Gospel, and to counsel about sexual practices.
At each mobile hospital outreach, school children are treated for skin and intestinal problems, as well as given Scripture booklets. All children are fitted with new shoes.
A doctor personally sees every patient, whose medical history and concerns are documented by TLC’s trained Swazi staff. Blood pressures are taken, as well as diabetes testing for adults.
Patients with disabilities are assessed by TLC medical personnel and given all-terrain wheelchairs, made by Personal Energy Transportation ministry, or traditional wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission. The PET carts are assembled by TLC staff on-site to fit the persons receiving them.
Follow-up treatment for patients with HIV, TB and other chronic care illnesses as well cancer is offered. Those with poor eyesight are tested and receive reading eyeglasses and, when needed, scheduled for cataract surgery.
Packets of medication for common diseases and illnesses are distributed by the hundreds of thousands, each prescribed by a doctor with instruction for usage in SiSwati.
Patients participate in prayer before they see a doctor. It is not a mandatory acitivity, but one Swazis voluntarily engage in because they understand that the physical and spiritual are intertwined. Bibles are handed out at the end of each mobile hospital day (or night).
For patient stories that will touch your heart and soul, see:
“#192 Walks into Our Lives and Yours” 2012 magazine
“New Wheelchair Delight Cerebral Palsy Boy & His Grandmas” 7/17.2013
“More Like a Human Being” 2012 magazine
“Walking in Swazis’ Shoes” 2012 magazine
“Amid Medical Clinics, Kids Receive Operation Christmas Child Boxes” 4/13/08
“Miracles Abound Amid the Clutches of AIDS” 3/16/08
“Thanks for a Taste of Heaven” 2013 magazine
“Welcome Says Thank You for His New Life” 2011 magazine
“A Tale of Pain and Persistence” 2011 magazine