Blog Entry Monday January, 24th 2011
Celebrity Post-Chris Brown PCV Saraya
“No the squamocolumnar junction is here and the transformation zone begins here” Agathe shouted while getting up to go point out the different parts of the cervix projected up against the wall. The first day of training the large group, led by the Senegalese team previously trained the past week, was off to an amazing and passionate start. After being here for nearly two years, it was a sight that I had not yet seen. Midwives, nurses, and doctors had come together to learn new skills and in their words “to gain more skills to better take care of patients, the way they should be cared for and the way the caregivers want to.” Healthcare workers here often keep their frustrations with the lack of resources here buried deep down, often a self-preservation technique, and this training has allowed some of those feelings to come to the surface and demonstrates itself in the passion to learn and improve the care patients receive.
The trainers performed phenomenally, bouncing control of the training back and forth, sharing ideas and being supportive and open to the ideas of group. It was as if they had rehearsed the training several times prior to starting. Aissatou, the lead midwife for the region, demonstrated her expertise and professionalism while leading the new group through the introduction of the training to the explanation of cervical cancer. The impact of having Senegalese run the training was immediate and profound. The trainees were more at ease and were more comfortable asking questions, an overall great learning environment.
After the training we met with the trainers to discuss the successes and challenges of the day. All in all the trainers and the peace care team were very pleased with the day’s events. The partition of work for the next day was completed and we said so long till the next day.
Near 7:30, Dr. Manga came back over to give a presentation of a clinical case, where a man presented with both Tetanus and Malaria. It was a great presentation of the medicine that is practiced daily in a low resource setting and the challenges that he faces.
One thing that I have learned while being here is hope and this project has helped reinforce the observation that things are getting better, sometimes slowly, sometimes with setbacks, though we still are moving forward. It is possible to see in the faces of the trainers, the trainees, and the members that something special is happening here, a difference is being made.