Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

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[...]

December 30th, 2016 - 20:56 § in Church, Medical

Christian Medical Care: a national network

“A Christian hospital does not exist”, states the medical director of the only  Protestant Mission hospital in Senegal. Confusion arises in the room of this first national conference for Christians working in healthcare.” The over 60 participants wonder how they can make a difference and a si[...]

October 26th, 2016 - 09:02 § in Medical

An unusual week for the paediatrics consultation

Finally: the paediatrician consultation has moved to the new building! We are extremely thankful for all the donations, prayer and support in the period of construction and preparation. This new space was very much needed and even before it was equipped an decorated we started using it last week. A [...]

April 9th, 2016 - 12:17 § in Africa, Church, Medical

Twenty white coats in the green south

“It’s really not far away, let’s just walk” says the nurse as he takes me to show me the clinic. Right behind those trees over there. The sun burns on my head while I’m walking from orange tree to mango tree, saluting everyone on the way as we try not to trip over chickens and [...]

February 1st, 2016 - 12:28 § in Medical

Happy kids, happy colleagues

It does not sound very heroic when I say that the greatest success of the pediatric consultation is the amazing team spirit. Since October the clinic now offers a separate consultation for children from 0 to 5 years old. The specially trained nurses examine children through a comprehensive system so[...]

July 20th, 2015 - 19:58 § in Medical

On babies, and their story

 More than a year after the start of the pregnancy clinic many newborn babies have entered through our doors. The sweaters and blankets made by the knitting club come in good use, because we had a long winter this year. It is a privilege to be able to make a difference in the lives of […][...]

May 19th, 2015 - 17:26 § in Medical

Turning the town hall into a clinic: medical campaign in a slum

For almost an hour I drive through the busy traffic in the suburbs of Dakar. Tarmac, sand, garbage, animals and lots of people. The taxi stops at the town hall of one of the largest suburbs of Dakar Guédiawaye. Poverty and social problems are a daily reality. A small church has taken the initiative[...]

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