is 12 years old and lives in Nigeria. Ahmed hasnt
been feeling well lately. This morning he woke up with a
very bad cough and sore chest. His parents think that he
might have tuberculosis (TB). They know that this can be
life-threatening and that they must get Ahmed to the doctor.
and his family live in a very small village. They do not
have very much money. There is no doctor in their village,
and the nearest one is 30 miles away . They do not have any
transportation to get there and his parents do not know
what to do.
Nauba lives 30 miles from Ahmeds village. He has many
patients because he is the only doctor for many villages
in his area. He is very busy and has limited medical supplies.
Today he has twenty-three people waiting at his office when
he arrives there in the morning. He helps as many people
as he can, but fears that he is not treating all of
the sick people in the surrounding area who can't get to his office.
What should Ahmeds parents do?
What should the doctor do?
Is it up to the government to help Ahmed?
lives in the South Bronx of New York City. He lives with
his mother in an apartment. Simon has AIDS. Today Simon
woke up feeling terrible. He says that some days are better
than others, but today is especially bad. Simons
mom does not have health insurance. They are on welfare.
His mom can take him to the city hospital, but usually when
they go they wait for hours to see even talk to doctor or
nurse. He doesnt like the hospital. Its not
clean, its too noisy, and there are too many sick people
always waiting to see a doctor or nurse there.
Bruckner works at the city hospital where Simon goes.
Dr. Bruckner sometimes works 14 to16 hours a day. She knows
the hospital is not perfect, but she tries to help as many
patients as she can. It bothers her that they are short
on supplies and nurses. She sometimes has to let patients
wait all day before someone can help them because they just
dont have enough doctors and nurses.
What should Simon do?
What can Dr. Bruckner do?
What can the hospital do?
Farida lives in the Calcutta, India. Her family lives in a very poor area
of the city. Their living conditions are unsanitary and meager. Farida has
been feeling weak lately and her parents are afraid she might have Hepatitis
A. Several of their neighbours have suffered from the disease and they know
it can cause permanent damage, if not death.
Dr. Andes works in a missionary hospital near Farida's neighborhood. She
has seen many cases of Hepatitis A at the hospital. The hospital was set up
to help families like Farida's, but they have had to turn people away because
they are full. Dr. Andes tries to take care of as many patients as she can
who come to the hospital without being able to admit them.
should Farida's parents do?
can Dr. Andes do?
can Farida's parents help to prevent Hepatitis A from
spreading to Farida's siblings?