Zambia 2017 Day 2
Everyone was excited as a child on Christmas morning. Today we began the work we came these thousands of miles to share.
First stop was Copperfield Polytechnical School.A school for aspiring nursing students. We were warmly greeted by the staff and approximately 150 enthusiastic students. Melissa and Linda started by sharing the process and procedures addressing the potential breathing problems of newborns. The students soaked it all in.
Then we divided the students into small groups led by Michele. Betsy. Cel, Melissa and Linda for hands on clinical skills learning. Next we went to the Central dispensing pharmacy where additional medical supplies were purchased for donations for our trip to Solwezi.
Lastly, we spent the afternoon at Arthur Davison Children's Hospital. This is the only one if it's kind in Zambia. We were delighted during our tour to see significant progress i.e. increased use of isolettes and monitors and ventilators. Then we taught helping babies breathe to a group of nurses and midwives followed by small group hands on practice . Next, we provided instruction on the use of NICU supplies, ie nasal cannulas, IVs, feeding tubes, nasal aspirator and reploggle tubes provided by Michele and thanks to the generous donation of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. To say that the supplies were appreciated would be a drastic understatement. All of us are looking forward to another productive day tomorrow. - Michele Block
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