Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reflecting on Month One

The first four weeks of work have been wonderful here in Nkhoma. As the burn program here is now entering it's 5th year of existence, local staff are taking the lead in caring for the burn victims needs on multiple levels. I am absolutely impressed on how the patient attendant (tech) staff have been performing the wound care for the burns. As always, the operation team has been top notch, the donated equipment is impeccably maintained, and I am well pleased concerning our operative outcomes for patients.
We have had our first Malawian Committee meeting, where staff nurses and clinicians are enthusiastic to be leaders and advocates for the burn program.
Continuing our good fortune, we are incredibly excited and thankful that a Dutch group has graciously donated funds for a newly constructed burn unit will be completed in the next 5 months!
A big thank you is deserved for the Malawi Mission Work Team and the Bosrand Malawi Work Team for making it possible for our patients to have a suitable, modern unit to be housed during their lengthy admissions.

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