Teresa did health promotion teaching. Conference sessions in the church had about 1000 people in attendance. Question period was very lively and included many questions about efficacy of traditional medical practices. DavTee Society partnered with Hope Int'l for this mission trip.
Health promotion topics included malaria prevention, clean water, latrine use, infection control and hand hygiene
We gave out 'Tippy Taps'. Bottles can be strung up anywhere to encourage hand washing. After we set up a tippy tap at the health clinic the nurses made everyone wash their hands before entering.
First Aid teaching was done for the conference. Teresa also taught smaller groups of mothers, nursing staff, and lay people. Many people had stories of the past where they could have saved lives if they had the knowledge sooner.
David and Teresa brought much needed medications and some medical supplies. People who go to the health clinic are given a list of medicines and supplies. They purchase these at the market if they can afford it. Many people are unable to buy medical basics so they do without.
People often have surgery without anaesthetic because of the cost. Family members help to hold them during surgery.
Teresa helped out at the local health clinic. The health clinics in this area had a better reputation than the hospitals.The clinic was mud hut with open windows and a dirt floor. There was always a lack of supplies. Surgery was done on a metal table. Despite the limitations the nursing staff did an excellent job and served the people to the best of their ability.
David helped with construction of the local university. He helped lay the foundation and get the building started. Drew plans for the first building and gave instructions to the building foreman.
The university will have many programs including a medical training program.
The hope is that local people will stay in the area to work.
David taught re construction techniques and basic mechanics. Work experience makes it easier for people to get jobs.
One day lots of people showed up at the construction site When David asked what was going on he was told the radio had announced that people should come & watch the 'Canadian Engineer'. Apparently in the DRC you are called an engineer quite easily.