Archive for the ‘Medisch’ Category

June 14th, 2019 - 8:37 am § in Medisch

Research malnutrition in infants published

I can vividly remember the story of Ndeye Fatou. Working with children with malnutrition has long been my passion. In particular infants who are already dealing with weight loss or nutritional problems caught my attention because they are extremely vulnerable and there is little scientific knowledge[...]

June 12th, 2019 - 10:14 am § in Medisch, Kerk, Afrika

Making History

December 1, 2018 was a historic day in Senegal. After a 5-hour general members meeting during the annual conference for Christian health workers, a vote was taken for the establishment of a foundation for Christians in care. The outcome? The statutes were adopted unanimously and a board was elected![...]

September 28th, 2017 - 6:22 pm § in Medisch

Mango’s for sale at the clinic

The immense mango trees in the large garden around the clinic provide shadow and shelter to the many patients who gather. It is rainy season which means busy days for Seni, the head nurse of this small clinic in southern Senegal. Many children have respiratory infections, diarrhoea, malaria and maln[...]

September 28th, 2017 - 6:18 pm § in Medisch

85 children with scabies

“What’s your name?” I ask while gently smiling at the eight year old boy. He remains silent. After a little while he mentions the name of the quranic teacher where he lives. It has been two years since his parents sent him to this boarding school for him to study the Qur’an. It is a [&hellip[...]

September 28th, 2017 - 6:12 pm § in Medisch

What is more dangerous: an owl or a scorpion?

A man cries out because of the pain, pulling his swollen leg as he enters the clinic. “What can you do against those nasty scorpions?” My colleague Patricia desperately asks me. She is a young doctor from Dakar who takes some vacation time to work in this mission clinic in the southern f[...]

July 11th, 2017 - 9:58 pm § in Medisch

A small device that saves lives

In the conference room of the Dakar North regional hospital, about 20 doctors and paramedics meet for a training on emergency care. In an interactive lesson, our good friend and anesthesiologist Hans shares his knowledge and experience with the interested Senegalese colleagues. Two oximeters are don[...]

July 10th, 2017 - 7:16 pm § in Medisch, Kerk

Praying for doctors and nurses

A car packed with health workers pulls over in front of the physiotherapists’ clinic. We’ re not there for a consultation or treatment. We come to pray with the staff. We are in a poor neighborhood at the outskirts of this city and our visit is a great encouragement. In January 2015 I started a [...]

March 10th, 2017 - 9:23 am § in Medisch

A conversation under the Baobab: health care in rural areas

A little girl carrying a small bowl walks towards the large baobab tree in the courtyard of the village. She starts to run faster and waving as she sees us. Together with a local Christian nurse I’ve come to visit Mama Helen in Tiadiaye, a village in a dry region. Mama Helen, the wife of […[...]

March 3rd, 2017 - 8:43 am § in Medisch

World Cancer Day: a day of extra attention for our patients

The emotions are running high in the meeting room of our clinic. Women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer have the opportunity to speak to different specialists. There is an oncologist from the University Hospital, a dietitian and members of the national cancer foundation. “The treatment[...]

March 3rd, 2017 - 8:38 am § in Medisch

CPR: practicing and practice!

“The airway is free!” Etienne calls out pointing to the old manikin whose head has fallen of the body. Laughter fills the training room at Keru Yakaar, where some 15 staff has come for CPR lesson. A Canadian military nurse teaches the class voluntarily: He is strict … so everyone p[...]

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