Alfred Sekaziga is the first aider for Byimana village in Northern Rwanda. When people would come at night needing treatment, Alfred would be in a terrible position:
“I feel useless. I want to help, but I think I’m doing more harm by not being able to see”
Alfred faced the difficult and often dangerous task of diagnosing and trying to help unwell villagers in darkness, attempting to assess and aid them as best he could with only a kerosene lamp for light. Even worse than having to inhale fumes and soot in confined spaces during treatment, when the kerosene ran out he would have to turn patients away until morning.
“With Indigo my house is a place of safety. When people are sick they see my light and they know they can be helped”
1 month ago, Alfred had his Indigo unit installed. Patients come and go at all hours: babies are delivered under bright light at midnight, kerosene burns are cleaned and dressed without additional soot, and patients are more relaxed being treated in the light. With a fully charged phone, Alfred can attend emergencies and house calls faster than having to be fetched from his house personally. Most importantly to Alfred, he can care for his patients:
“I never have to turn anyone away again: my job is 24/7, and now my light is too”