Curren mustered his strength to stand but staggered as the room spun before him. Reaching out to steady himself, he surveyed the concerned looks from his family—five loved ones depending on him for provision. His head throbbed, and Curren grasped his stomach as he slid back to bed, the excruciating physical pain rivaling that in his heart at the thought of his children going hungry.
But where was he to turn for help? Was his situation hopeless?
Inexplicable Illness Prevents Work
With the minuscule income Curren earned working in someone else’s field and running a small shop in his village, he managed to put food on the table, if nothing else. But that had all changed five months prior.
That was when the severe pain in his head and stomach began. Was his condition from dehydration, an inner ear infection, migraines or something worse? Curren did not know. He did know the pain was almost unbearable. Standing up made him dizzy. Working in the fields, his main source of income, was unthinkable.
Curren needed medical attention, but he was among the half of the world’s population without access to needed health care services. The nearest quality hospital to Curren was around 50 miles away, an impossible distance with no transportation of his own. This is a common problem for people in rural Asia, where the need to travel long distances presents a significant barrier to attaining health services.
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