This week we were placed in the Sefula Clinic which is an rural clinic, about 45 minutes away from our compound. We spent time in the antenatal check up clinic, as well as the Out Patient Department (similar to an emergency centre in Canada). Here we assisted with vital signs, as well as height and weight for the patients. We also spent time working with the clinic's medical officer, Conrad, which was an amazing experience! He was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much about HIV treatment and transition, as well as treating TB in a low-resource setting. In return, we told him about working in the hospital back in Canada, particularly about wound care and how it is different than in Zambia!
We are also working on developing an Nutrition Education Day that will be held on April 7th for the community. We will be working with Jasmine and our nursing peers, along with the Zambian nursing and midwife students, Save A Life Clinic, Lewanika General Hospital and many more to create a full day event that will include nutritional screening, education, and demonstrations. This week we started to work on some of the many educational posters, and wrote a script for the radio ad to bring awareness to this event. We will be translating all the posters into Silozi with the help of our Zambian colleagues. This event will be very fun and we are hoping for a large turnout!
We are enjoying our time here in Zambia and are very eager to continue learning and working in collaboration with Zambian healthcare team members.
Until next time! Sending love to our family and friends back home.
-Michelle Nurkowski and Dana Dalgleish