AGAINST ALL ODDS
Joseph Ssekyanzi is not just another number. He is a young boy with incredible odds to surmount. His family is poor and can’t afford some of the most basic things people need for survival – food, clothing and water. That means Joseph is vulnerable to malnutrition, dehydration, and illness. For the last week, Joseph and his siblings have been going without medical care for the “fever” that has left them weak and dehydrated. They can’t afford to go to a health clinic for a diagnosis, let alone a cure. Most likely it is malaria, which is Uganda’s biggest killer. Between 70,000 and 110,000 children in the country die from it each year. Or, it could be water-borne illnesses, such as typhoid fever or dysentery caused by substandard drinking water and poor sanitation.