Testimonies of Love

In January, we launched a new series, Testimonies of Love, as a way to share the stories we encounter each day at the clinic with you, our friends and family. Read Dr. Pasquine’s email introducing Testimonies of Love below.

Testimonies of Love

Week 1 – Monday, 4 January 2016

The holiday season is a time dedicated to sharing love. At Alive Medical Services we focus on sharing love with our patients, community members, and supporters everyday – for all 365 days in the year. With 2016 upon us, AMS is setting off on another year of ambitious goals to provide top-quality HIV care. This year, we want to share the love that sets our clinic and services apart with you. Throughout 2016, AMS will send out a weekly email (every Monday) recognizing and celebrating the signs, expressions, and acts of love that make our clinic such a special place. We are calling these inspirational emails Testimonies of Love. Each week these emails will contain a different combination of staff and client testimonies, photos, stories, quotes and poems. We hope that you will set aside a few minutes each week to remember and appreciate the courage, peace, beauty, and love that surround us all.

“In the end nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

The idea for Testimonies of Love was born out of AMS’ daily morning staff meetings. Every morning, before the clinic opens, staff members gather to share time, testimonies, prayer, song, laughter, and love. Sitting among the staff members you hear testimonies of love and world-class medical care from across our different departments: from rubber glove balloons that make children smile at the laboratory to deep, trusting conversations conferred in the youth wing. At AMS every day begins on a foundation of love for one another.

There is a boy that I regularly counsel who has become like a friend over time. Every time we meet, we talk about his treatment and how he is doing in general. One day the boy was brought to the clinic by his father. The boy was struggling and had become very depressed. After counselling the boy, I talked with the his parents and suggested some alternative parenting skills including ways that they could express more empathy towards their son. Recently, at the AMS Youth Day, I saw the boy hanging out with his fellow Victors Club peers – he was smiling, dancing, and having a good time. It was so nice; I thought ‘wow’, if he can even dance then he must be doing better now. When I spoke to the boy, he laughed about the dancing and agreed that he was happy again. – Enid, AMS Counsellor

Next week, AMS will host a focus group discussion with our youth patients and leaders about the impact that love and dignity have on delivering successful HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services.

Best wishes until next week,

Dr. Pasquine N. Ogunsanya and the AMS Family