Good morning everyone,
I hope you had a great weekend.
The team found their Thursday clinic in Capoey to be so busy that they decided to extend their work their by another day. The clinic was quite busy, and they saw approximately 130 patients. A few of the more significant health issues they observed included large numbers of individuals experiencing hypertension and diabetes- moreso than what we typically see in Amerindian villages, whose lifestyle and diet usually mean fewer risk factors for these issues. One possible reason for this could be Capoey’s relative proximity to Sudde, a larger town which has access to more Western-style amenities, including dietary options.
The team also noticed a great need for education around the importance of getting pap smears done regularly and the risk of HPV, which can lead to genital warts, cervical cancer, and other issues. The team ran out of certain supplies, including oral contraceptives and some topical creams, and the Regional Health Office is restocking them.
The team took a much needed day of rest yesterday in Mainstay, which is a resort in the area. Because of all the moving around and heavy lifting and intense heat, we sensed the team needed a little rest. They will be sleeping a total of 3 nights at Mainstay – in beds – and had the chance to relax, shower, and have a nice team dinner together yesterday evening. They are hard at work as I write in Lima Sands. The Health Care Worker, Basanti, and a local midwife who works with her are currently working out of the local nursery school next to the Primary School instead of out of a proper clinic because the health post is being rebuilt. As a result, they have been struggling with moving all of the contents of the old Health Post into the nursery school, and with a lack of private rooms in order to maintain patient privacy. Our team has helped them improvise by creating more private rooms using sheets, towels, rope & clothespins.
I’ve attached a photo of Bekkie & Basanti, as well as a photo of the primary school.
Have a wonderful day,
Director of International Projects and Education