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In Loving Memory of Motak – Field Blog #2

19 February 2012

We have come to learn that Motak, a physically-disabled boy who lived in the Jeanamitabh orphanage passed away recently. Paper Kite’s President Tarik met Motak during our field work in 2011.

Motak was an energetic boy who had aspirations of finishing school and becoming a social computer teacher. He also enjoyed wearing Tarik’s sunglasses and learning about Canadian culture.

While he was home visiting his family, Motak contracted Meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Meningitis can be cause by bacteria, viruses, fungi and even certain chemicals. Bacterial Meningitis is the most common type of Meningitis appearing in healthy individuals and also the most dangerous. It requires immediate medical treatment. Unfortunately, Motak’s parents were not aware of the symptoms of Meningitis and did not seek medical care when he started feeling sick. Additionally, since hospital visits are very expensive, they were reluctant to take him to the hospital. Although Motak was experiencing symptoms, his family was not aware that anything was wrong until he fell into coma. At that time, he was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late, and unfortunately he died on the way.

This situation could have been prevented if his parents had been informed about Meningitis symptoms, but basic health promotion is still lacking in local villages. Health promotion is just as important to community members as it is to the children in the orphanages. Paper Kite is planning to organize a health team to come to India to provide basic health education to the children and community members in the future to help prevent this from happening again.

Navi, Paper Kite Volunteer
Tarik, Paper Kite President & Founder

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