Clinics. Agape runs community clinics attached to the orphanage buildings and in freestanding buildings in slum areas without access to medical care. These clinics allow us to provide care to AIDS families who have no other source of care. The clinics also allow us to develop relationships within the community such that our kids are welcomed and treated as part of the community and we can identify future families/areas of need.
The clinics are staffed by doctors volunteering their time to Agape or hired full time by Agape. We are able to hire doctors full time in India for an annual salary of $ 4,500 - so we can make a large difference with very little money! This is also true with medications – our average drug cost per patient is 50 cents, yet this small investment can make the difference literally between life and death.
Mobile Clinics. Agape also runs mobile clinics or medical camps and we have an outfitted medical van which travels to rural areas with no access to care. As with the standing medical clinics, we are able to provide care to those who would not otherwise receive it at a very low cost. AIDS Hospital/Hospice. Agape hopes to open a small AIDS hospital/hospice (25 beds) in 2006. This facility will provide low cost care to our own sick children since we anticipate that some of our kids will be HIV/AIDS positive. We also want a place where kids who are dying can be comfortable, surrounded by people who love them but not frightening other children in the orphanage. The facility will also serve AIDS patients on a separate floor who have no access to other care.