I received an update from the team at around 9:30 pm last night – they are in Waramadong and are doing very well. They were tired – they woke up quite early to get a head start but a downpour delayed their travel. The clinic has been busy, and there is also a large secondary school (which houses students from all over the area), so a lot of need and a lot of opportunity for health promotion. The volunteers are in very good spirits, are working hard, and are becoming more comfortable in this new physical and cultural environment each day.
As some of you know, Bekkie Vineberg could only stay with the team for half the trip. Dr. Ray Deonandan, a Guyanese expat, professor of epidemiology at Ottawa U and Ve’ahavta volunteer, flew in to Guyana today (and is flying into the interior today) to join the team and support our Site Coordinator, Jessica Lockhart, for the rest of the trip. We gave Ray an additional suitcase of toothbrushes, toothpaste and multivitamins to take down…we can never turn down an opportunity to send more supplies! The team is close knit and have worked out how to adjust roles and responsibilities in the clinic given that Bekkie, who has been doing the sexual health/family planning counseling, is leaving. Joanne will likely be taking on the bulk of this counseling role.
The team will stay in Waramadong today. Their next community will be Jawalla. I will update you over the weekend- most likely on Sunday.
With best wishes,
Director of International Projects and Education