Everything started to take shape on Friday
Everything started to take shape on Friday. The consignment from Arusha arrived, bringing with it much needed dressings and equipment for the laparoscopic work on Monday, highlighted the importance of the work done by Northumbria to KCMC. We were pleased to hear that KCMCs laprascopic services led by Dr Kondo had been highlighted as the flagship on show for when the National department of health visit from Arusha. The laproscopic service was gaining momentum and Dr Kondo had been invited to speak on the local radio show this morning. Public engagement is an important part of educating the people into what KCMC can offer. Most the questions from the listeners were around what laparoscopic surgery entailed and what the cost would be to them.
We also gave more teaching today. This time to the anesthetic team, on fluid management. They will be an important group to engage with if we are to persuade them of the benefits of day case surgery.
Seana and Veronica spend the day in local villages, outreach programs are a key feature of KCMC and the medical school. Seana accompanied 40 medical students to the little village of Machame, which has only 200 inhabitants and living standards poorer than Moshi. The medical students and Seana embarked on an alcohol and drinking awareness program. Physical social and spiritual aspects of drinking were covered. They then visited a women’s dairy cooperative society, started because the women found they had no money. The men would work on the coffee and spend the pay packet themselves with little regard for the family. So an Italian charity had funded some dairy cattle and the women were using the milk to sell and extra to make into cheese. The money was then spent on food and clothing for their families and the profits were being invested in expanding the service to include sunflower oil.
Some of the less glamorous jobs included handing over some cable ties to a group of Dutch ENT surgeons who needed to fix their shower. Stretching to reach 7 feet tall had clearly taken its strain on the Tanzanian piping. Then it was back to 10-2-10 for another curry this evening.