Ladies, I,m back and OMG what an experience, please all of you for whom it's possible please go and do something you've always wanted to, the sense of achievement is immense and so good for your self esteem after what we have been through, especially if it benefits someone else as well. The Ugandan midwives and village health care workers I worked with were amazing, working to the best of their ability in very basic circumstances. Soaking up info like a sponge and most willing to take new ways of doing things in their stride, honestly they are taught by rote and cannot envisage their own new ideas, but wish to improve things for their women. I hope I have contributed a little by passing on skills and new ways of working , even in a month.
I introduced morning cleaning, sterilising by autoclave, a ceramic water filter, rechargeable batteries, storage is sterilised packs, rearrangement of delivery area and resuscitation area. I could do so much more for this very small midwife lead unit in Kagote.
That's enough I think, just giving you a snapshot of my month over there, I would go back tomorrow except for my family. So get out there ladies, life really can go on for as long as possible xxx