We arrived at the Provincial Medical Office where we were greeted by Matron Catherine who is the head of the maternal-fetal ward for the local hospital and Dr. Andrew who is the lead physician.
The room was filled with polite uncertainty by both parties because we were one of the first American teams to be permitted into the western province to provide education. However after a few minutes the mutual hesitation was lifted by humor and recognizing that our ultimate goal was to help the tiny people of Zambia.
Our first class was a group of midwifery students who were filled with nervousness, however an eagerness to learn. With some encouragement and yet again humor, their nervousness dissipated and lead to a very successful class. We ended our day by shopping in the local market where we received many curious and confused stares however we were always greeted with smiles and kindness.
We bought chitangas (traditional Zambian skirts), laughed and walked throughout town. We all ended the day exhausted and eager to see what the next day held for the team.