It is so easy to come home from these trips abroad and fall back in to our daily routines. What is important is to never forget the people, the communities behind the cause. There are countless charities around the world, working tirelessly, day after day, to improve the lot of their people.
Physicians Interactive Non-Profit Initiative “Health eVillages” Expands Global Footprint; Reveals Success Stories at HIMSS12 Program Saving Lives and Improving Patient Care Around the Globe Las Vegas, NV (February 21, 2011)…
We spent today training at Kijabe Hospital here outside of Nairobi, Kenya! What a wonderful team of health care providers this hospital has, all so very dedicated to the work that they do. Kijabe Hospital is a wonderful standard for what health care facilities in Africa can be.
Remember Health eVillages, the program launched last fall to bring mobile medical reference and decision support technology to clinicians in underserved parts of the world, including poor communities right here…
While I was working with the medical students and staff at Kijabe Hospital, I was told about a man who arrived at the hospital the day before with complications from prostate cancer who could not be saved. During our training, another man arrived at the hospital with similar complications. The staff quickly put the Health eVillages devices to use, searching for treatment protocols that might save the second man from the same fate.
Just the day before, the clinic had admitted Katherine, a patient whose unborn child was at risk for prenatal asphyxia. Apnea in premature births is when a baby’s breathing slows down or stops in short episodes. He watched the video provided by our partners at MedicalAid Films on neonatal resuscitation. He later explained to me that even though they learn this in nursing school, they don’t perform it all the time and so the review was essential.
Wonderful day today traveling from Kisumu, Kenya down to Lwala! Most of the journey we spent traveling to the Rift Valley, a very fertile stretch of land that so contradicted the dry portion of Uganda where I have been spending my time.