Thanks.... though I have to admit I feel like I am the one who is getting the better end of the deal. Less stress, get to LIVE life, the shona (the people we work with) are AWESOME!
It is a Church of Christ/Christian church mission in rural Zimbabwe -the hospital has been there over 30 yrs. All of the evangelism work has been turned over to locally trained ministers - so have the schools
and there is only one foreign missionary left - and she is a nurse practioner. All the other staff (Drs, nurses, etc) are nationals (african). I am currently working on getting my personal website up but the missions "official" one is www.chidamoyo.org
- chidamoyo loosely (very) translated means "where the heart is satisfied."
To put it nicely the country is going to hell in a handbasket. The president has turned dictator and has been able to turn one of the jewels of Africa into dispair. Zimbabwe was the ONE country that when it got its independence from Great Brittian -actually thrived. Good infrastructure, had food surplus to help other counties in famine, decent healthcare etc. But.... anyone and everyone who is able (all the educated) have left the country - talk about a nursing shortage - our 85 bed hospital usually has only 1 nurse on the "floor". Granted - things are different - they don't do assessments etc - but still - they RUN! We used to send pts into Harare (capitol) to see specialists - but they have left so "we" are now the speciallists, I think the doc is learning new surgeries all the time... we were only doing hydorcele and hernia repairs, c-sections, d and c's etc, stuff like that... just got a letter from Kathy saying they recently saved a girls legs/mobility because they were able to plate her femur back together.... the government hospitals actually refer their pts to us... the little backwoods hospital in the middle of nowhere! We also just got access to some HIV anti-virals....
See roughly 6000pts/month, 100 births a month - and all of this with one doctor and one nurse practioner! (still way less stress than here!)
I will be going to be an extra pair of hands -mostly doing stuff so that the floor nurses don't have to be pulled from the floor/hospital -(helping in OR, well-baby immunization clinics, school health screenings, health education, minor procedures etc. It is a blast! I have been 3 times- twice for 3 months and this last time for 6 months.