Trip reflections from Megan
Greetings from Odubu! Maria and I have been living here at the compound around the health center for about five days now. During that time I have helped with rapid malaria testing, childhood immunizations, adult hep B vaccinations, many other various tasks, and two births. I have loved being a part of all of it and seeing what a great job all our GRI staff is doing here.
Checka is our cooks daughter and one of my favorite children here. The second day we were here she had a fever andwas sick so her mother took her to the clinic where she tested positive for malaria. We started her on antimalarials, and in the next three days, saw her change from a child too sick to eat and sit up to a happy child who loves laughing and playing with us. I have loved doing the malaria testing and childhood immunizations, but I'm pretty sure the children will appreciate it when I leave and stop sticking them and making them bleed. The children come for immunizations, nutrition supplements for the breast feeding mothers, and at the end of 14 weeks they are given a mosquito net. It is such a blessing to be a part of these children growing up healthy and safe, it has been my favorite part so far.
Deliveries here are quite different than on my Labor and Delivery unit in Wyoming. These woman are so tough. No one arrives before they are 10 cm, they get no pain medicine but do not scream, and two hours later they get up and walk very far to their homes. There is very little privacy, and the staff can't wait for our new clinic with it's own birthing rooms. One or two staff members do the job that about five of us would do in America. It is fun to also see the similarities as well, chatting or recording as they call it here is still just as important and time consuming! 😉
On Saturday we did outreach with the staff and went to the settlements in Rhino Clinic with the newest refugees arriving from South Sudan and The Democratic Republic of Congo. These people are now safe from the horrible fighting in their homelands, but they now face new difficulties and being the face of hope and love for them in this transition time is such a blessing! They can see how the staff here cares for them, and for that they will walk very far to be seen by these competent health care providers with such big hearts for this community. It is a privilege to be a part of all of it!