A few of us found that we could be on time in "5" minutes - flat. We started our day with a hearty breakfast and headed to our first encounter. We were on our way to meet a member of parliament "CK" who thanked us for our time in Zambia, wished us safe travels and we were on our way to our next destination.
Our first stop was with the Roan general hospital of midwifery. We received a tour of the labor and delivery area, peds, infants, pre and post labor ward and the NICU. Although the nurses were extremely resourceful with the little supplies they had I felt overwhelmed and saddened with the lack of equipment and for these fragile infants and children. I felt so much respect for the inguinity of these nurses and thanked God for the opportunities I've had to work in a bountiful environment.
After a filling lunch we were off to K block where we ran a mini medical clinic for about 150 children and several parents. We were greeted by warm eyes and smiling faces . The kids were singing and so happy to see us. We provided an eye exam and blood pressure clinic for the adults and mini medical exam for all children. Topical medications were applied and referrals were provided to address more serious health concerns. The entire visit I kept thinking how fortunate and blessed I am to live in the U.S.
The last stop we made today was to child life touch which is an orphanage of 19 children that is run by 2 women. Ages range from 3-19 years. The house is run more like a family and the love in that house was palpable.
The children were happy and welcoming and wanted nothing more than to share songs and stories with us . The entire TPM team had a great day - Cel