The Final Stop – Kijabe Hospital, Kenya

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.

Okari and Katherine

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.