Kodi Mukufuna Kuyenda?

“Do you want to walk?”

Many of our patients suffer from strokes – or other disorders – that limit their ability to walk safely. Some were tailors, others primary schoolteachers, and some of our patients were children. With our limited Chichewa, we often ask our patients “kodi mukufuna kuyenda?” Without fail, each of them was always motivated to get up and walk, and they, along with their caregivers, were open to learning the techniques that we introduced. Each patient has shown great progress over the past week, and I wish we were able to continue to monitor their growth.

Tomorrow is our last day with the patients, and it has been an incredible journey to be able to interact with the patients and their families as we develop programs to encourage optimal movement patterns.

Tionana (see you later).

Playing cards with our patient to make treatment more exciting, while working on posture and upper extremity function.

Playing cards with our patient to make treatment more exciting, while working on posture and upper extremity function.

Walking to the village to treat a patient.

Walking to the village to treat a patient.

 

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