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Day two - Lights, camera, action in Moshi town

Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Day two – Lights, camera, action in Moshi town

The rest of the team arrived today; two surgeons, an anaesthetist, a psychologist and a surgical registrar along with a film production team of two (Dave McPhee and Dom Dunn) from Aurora House Productions, Teesside University.  The production team had been invited to join the team to document the Northumbria-Tanzania partnership. The film will later be used to share information about the link, KCMC and the many projects we’ve undertaken together over the years.

After Mr Liam Horgan, Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeon, and the film crew arrived we headed straight over to the hospital to meet up with Dr Kondo and other staff in the hospital that had been integral to the success of the link’s laparoscopic project. We first met Sister Philimena in sterile services department who was overjoyed to see  Mr Horgan. So much so she insisted we stay for a cup of chai and bread and catch up. Whilst chatting, Sister Philimena told us about some of the problems they’d been having in her department including the fact they were currently relying on one autoclave for the whole hospital (!) which must make it incredibly hard for them to keep on top of the demand for sterile equipment. The potential for KCMC to afford to purchase another was low as it would be a very, very significant amount of money.

Later that morning we all headed in to Moshi town to see the local area and buy some groceries for in our accommodation. It was a great opportunity for the film crew to take some shots of local life. Moshi was bustling with life and colour, with lots of food stalls selling wonderful exotic fruits, vegetables, rices and beans as well as clothes. There were so many people selling lots of lovely things to buy.

After shopping, we went for lunch in a local hotel. Not only was the local food fantastic but to everyone’s absolute delight, the hotel had wifi available too! I think it was the first time there was silence amongst the group since we’d got there. Everyone was head down, focused on their phones, busy catching up with family and friends back home. It made us all realise how much we’d come to depend on the online world and how much it interrupted normal “conversation’ around the table taking place. In KCMC we’d never gave it a thought but back in the UK we feel we “need” it all the time.