As MAF Pilot, Marijn Goud secures the airplane, Dr. Tim Kubacki unloads his cargo; 4 cases filled to the brim with medications – many of which can be found in abundance at any corner pharmacy in Canada, but which are in desperately short supply here in rural Angola. They’ve arrived at the remote community of Rivungu after a 3.5 hour flight that would have taken 30 hours by road, or several days by foot. Dr. Kubacki will see about 50 patients at this village before moving on to the next. Most will have malaria, half of them will be children. He provides them with antimalarial medicines at a loss, and often out of pocket. It’s only $2 a patient but even at this price, it’s more than many can afford.
It’s those patients with chronic or life-threatening ailments that Dr. Tim is most concerned about seeing today; those for whom there is no quick medical-fix. He prays with each of them not just for healing, but to remind them that they matter, and are known and loved by their Creator. He checks their vitals and records the results. Some of those he sees will need special treatment, possibly even surgery. Dr. Tim is on a budget. Providing meds out of pocket is one thing, but flying patients to and from the nearest hospital is something entirely different.
It’s only through the support of friends like you that many of these flights are made.