Three medical students from Poland do a voluntary service in the Kenyan hospital. Angelika Stellmach has prepared the second account from their stay.
I have been in Muthale for three weeks and many things happened during this period. As a volunteer I received a warm welcome. Despite this, at first I needed some time to find myself in a completely new reality. However, I quickly started regular work. My daily activities include: examining patients in the morning, administering the medications, assisting with surgical procedures as well as helping to manage the hospital emergency room where only 'clinicians' work - medics after the short three-year preparation.
The trainings I deal with here have required several modifications due to hospital conditions. In addition, I decided not to start trainings at the beginning of the stay so that I could have the chance first to gain trust of the local hospital workers as a white woman - medic. My first trainings concerning resuscitation have taken place this week and they have raised really much interest, which is confirmed by the fact that not only the employees working with newborns on a daily basis, but also other people working in hospital have willingly participated in them.
I am preparing for next trainings and other interesting challenges.