This past April, Canadian singer-songwriter and Dignitas supporter, Leslie Feist travelled to Malawi to see our medical and research programs. She was accompanied by her friends David and Michael Young, who are incredible champions of Dignitas and serve on our Board of Directors. During her visit, Leslie met many of the patients, health care workers and researchers working together to deliver and improve health care for vulnerable populations in Malawi’s southeast region.
As part of the trip, Leslie toured our Tisungane Clinic, hung out with HIV+ teens at one of our Teen Clubs, spent time with prisoners who had benefited from our HIV-related services, and met mothers who had given birth to healthy HIV-free babies thanks to Dignitas. Leslie also travelled to a rural village in Malawi, where she saw the impact of our community-access model of care, which has helped hundreds of thousands access treatment and care for HIV, TB and related diseases in their communities.
Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
After stepping through the door Dignitas opened to me, I feel woken up to some facts I had long been avoiding. The whole question of “how to help” feels simpler and less abstract now, and is contextualized by gratitude and respect rather than an abstracted guilt around our disproportionate world.
What I saw of Dignitas’s work in Malawi was so absolutely tangible and detailed and pragmatic, yet undertaken with guts and fortitude and an absolute respect for the humanity of the people they’re working with. There’s a beautiful synergy to this kind of exchange between resource and need…. the payback to all of us over here is in working to right an unnatural distribution of opportunity the first world has bought into as normal. It’s refreshing, and in the hands of the calibre of people with Dignitas, it’s possible.
On behalf the Dignitas International team in both Malawi and Canada, thank you Leslie for your ongoing commitment to our work.