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Jakarta Post

Palliative care lends a helping hand

  • Allison Hore

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:25 am

Careful: Nurse Susi conducts a medical check-up on patient Dea at Rachael House.(JP/Allison Hore)In a high-density neighborhood in North Jakarta, nurse Susi is visiting one of her patients. Dea, not her real name, is 18 months old and HIV positive.

At her young age, Dea has already had a serious bout of pneumonia, which left her with respiratory issues.

Dea lives in a one room apartment with her mother Rini (not her real name), who also has HIV, and her 8-year-old sister. They recently moved into the apartment, which, despite its small size, has running water — a big improvement from the conditions they were living in before.

Susi is satisfied that Dea’s health is improving. The bloating in her abdomen, a sign of severe malnutrition, has decreased and she is putting on weight. The symptoms of a severe ear infection are also disappearing. The little girl is star...