Saturday, June 9, 2012

Our week began by visiting St. Theresa’s hospital. The staff were all very warm and welcoming as well as excited to collaborate and share knowledge. The hospital was beautiful and kept very organized by the sisters of St. Theresa. After our tour of the hospital, we spent the day in maternity. There were two women in active labour and it was a privilege to be with these women. Their strength and courage was admirable! It was very humbling to hear their appreciation regarding a simple touch of comfort and encouragement. Later in the day, one of the women required a caesarean birth. The woman wanted to express her gratitude for Christine’s presence during her labour experience, and named her beautiful and healthy little girl Christine. On Tuesday, we travelled to a school and performed education sessions regarding malaria and proper mosquito net use. With the assistance from the school staff and Kim, the education sessions were a true success and the content was well understood and received. There was a total of three education sessions (one for the young children, one for the older children, and one for the parents). A total of 600 mosquito nets were distributed to the children and this was made possible because of the donation from Farmer’s Helping Farmers. The next day we were back at St. Theresa’s hospital. During the day, we viewed several surgeries as well as a caesarean birth of twins. This was an amazing day because I learned a lot of new information about the procedures being performed! On Thursday, all nursing, nutrition, and business students visited the Machaka orphanage. This was another very beautiful facility run by the sisters of St. Theresa. Some of the older children attending the orphanage were from the surrounding community and could not afford school or meals. Subsequently, the orphanage provides a feeding program as well as education for these children. The children at Machaka were healthy, happy, and full of life! Throughout the day, we also helped feed, comfort, and play with the beautiful infant and toddler orphans. On Friday, we travelled to a poverous community with a community health worker. There, we provided HIV awareness and promoted the importance of cervical screening. We also visited some families that were HIV positive and lost a loved one to HIV. This was a very humbling experience. Regardless of their health statuses, all the individuals were welcoming and full of joy. I feel very blessed to be here in Kenya and am enjoying learning new information about nursing as well as the African culture. I am excited for all the new learning experiences and adventures that are waiting! Melanie Coffin (UPEI 3rd Year Nursing Student)

1 comment:

manav said...

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