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After the completion of an extremely important stage of the project accomplishment in Senegal – the refurbishment of the St. Laurent outpatient clinic and supplementing its equipment resources, thanks to which it can now function all the year round, an intensive phase of trainings was commenced.
Our volunteer nurse and paramedic Basia Wójcik provided trainings for the staff at the St. Laurent outpatient clinic run by Franciscan Sisters, St. Mary’s Missionaries in Dakar. Subjects discussed during the classes included examinations of pregnant women, acute obstetric conditions and neonatal resuscitation. The classes were attended by 13 persons. The next in the series of trainings – in the scope of prenatal examinations, the most common diseases in pregnancy, and also resuscitation of neonates and pregnant women was conducted by Basia at the outpatient clinic in Ngohe, in the region of Diourbel. At the same time, we are familiarising ourselves with the equipment and facilities as well as the needs of the St. Martin Midwifery School in Dakar.
Since 24th October, gynaecologist Henryk Mazurek has been conducting trainings in operating ultrasound equipment for second and third year students of the St. Martin Midwifery School in Dakar. The students display great interest in the training, and one of them stated that today’s midwife cannot fulfil her role without being able to handle the ultrasound. These words become significant when we place them in the context of the general shortage of gynaecologists in Senegal. There are only two gynaecologists in the entire district of Diourbel were we are carrying out our project activities.
The trainings are conducted within the project “Increasing efficiency of prevention, diagnostics and treatment of the most common complications in pregnancy through trainings for the local staff, refurbishment and providing equipment for the health centres in Dakar, Ngohe, Senegal” co-financed within the framework of the programme of Polish developmental cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
More about the project: http://www.pmm.org.pl/en/senegal/