Oumarou and Asseta have endured great suffering.
The Burkinabe parents live with a chronic skin disease, which claimed the lives of their first two babies. On the dusty plains of Burkina Faso, where Oumarou and Asseta live in poverty, wind stirs up bacteria that leads to dangerous skin infections. Traveling to the nearest clinic was an unaffordable luxury, and the dermatosis medicine was too expensive.
So when Asseta learned she was pregnant for a third time, she dreaded that this baby would also suffer from dermatosis.
“It was painful to lose two children because of disease and a lack of resources for medical care,” says Oumarou.
But he and Asseta didn’t go through that pain a third time because they learned of a local Christian church that helps children, even unborn babies, who live in poverty.
Protecting the Most Vulnerable
The church’s Compassion center offered training, encouragement and medical care during Asseta’s pregnancy. When baby Awa was born, she was diagnosed with dermatosis like her parents. But unlike her siblings before her, she did not succumb to the disease.
“Thanks to the registration of Awa at the [Compassion] center, my family has been receiving medical care and ointment against dermatosis,” says Oumarou.