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April 21st, 2020 - 12:34 § in Church, Medical

A shepherd in the doctor’s office

His flock of sheep remains outside the gate when Abdou comes to the hospital for medical consultation. He has not been feeling well for a while, but because of trepidation, he has never been to the hospital before. He is a shepherd of the Fulani people and does not easily open up, not even to [&hell[...]

December 28th, 2019 - 16:50 § in Church, Medical

The cause of illness

A virus or bacteria can make us sick. Behavior, such as smoking or poor nutrition, can also cause illness, which is why lifestyle medicine is on the rise. It is a revelation to many Senegalese physicians, health care students, and nurses that our values ​​and underlying belief systems and cultur[...]

November 5th, 2019 - 12:52 § in Church, Medical

On death, hope and perseverance

“A little further to the left Tabitha!” Dr. Soh shouts. It is 2013, we are on the empty site that he has just bought for the construction of the hospital. We (Maria, Tabitha, Simon and Jan and Dr. Soh) are each on a corner of the empty plot so that we can see the size. […][...]

June 12th, 2019 - 11:15 § in Church, Medical

Malnutrition in the slums

Alioune* sweeps the floor of the Koranic school, the room that we use for the church’s malnutrition program in this slum area in Dakar. The beautiful coastline in the distance stands out against the sea of ​​corrugated iron with wooden huts. The sun-drying fish attracts a huge pest of flie[...]

October 28th, 2018 - 08:52 § in Medical

Be the Saline of the world

NaCl, saline solution, is the standard infusion solution, no matter which country you work in. It is also the name of an internationally used training for Christians in health care, who desire to be ‘salt’ in their environment. 10 Senegalese colleagues traveled to Togo this summer to follow this[...]

October 28th, 2018 - 08:36 § in Medical

Headaches and high blood pressure

Fatou, a woman of less than 60 years old, comes stumbling into the clinic, supported by a family member. At the door the triage nurse had her cut the long line, and in the emergency room it appears that her paralysis is caused by a stroke. Years ago, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure, [&hel[...]

April 17th, 2018 - 19:50 § in Africa, Medical

International Women’s Day

In Senegalese culture it is hilarious when a man serves a woman. Just imagine the laughs when all the male personnel of the clinic, including the director, served the women bowls with food. March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a day to bring the rights of women to the attention, but in Sene[...]

April 17th, 2018 - 19:44 § in Medical

Triage and saving lives

Right at the entrance of the Keru Yakaar clinic, the triage nurse sees that toddler Modou has signs of dehydration. His mother has taken him because he has had diarrhea for a day and does not want to eat. Modou gets a red card which allows him to skip the line and go directly to […][...]

April 17th, 2018 - 19:14 § in Africa, Medical

On mission in your own country: visiting colleagues in Northern Senegal

How do you find food for the cattle in the dry season? How do you make a tasty meal from a sheep’s leg? How do people from the Fula nomadic people greet each other? What is it like to be the only Christian living in a village? Why are the Fula so long? Why is […][...]

December 21st, 2017 - 23:15 § in Medical

Moving together

The wound care nurse and former soldier Carlos is our sports teacher today. Accompanied by some very loud music, all the muscles are loosened on the beach, this early Saturday morning. A cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, an obstetrician and a nursing assistant are lined up and the usual hierarchy of[...]





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