Hey everybody! We are on our eleventh day here in Bunda, and are becoming quite settled. We have tried nearly everything on the menu and have discovered Chips Masala. We have named it Afripoutine. It is simply fries coated in this delicious African Masala sauce. We have also enjoyed fried plantains which taste like big fries! We tend to go between beef and fish for the best source of protein, and eggs are a must. In the dining room where we eat, they always have a old school soundtrack consisting of Celine Dion, Ashanti, Backstreet Boys, Ja Rule, and Nsync, and Mariah Carey. We have alot of fun singing along to the music and playing cards while we wait for our Afripoutine.
Delfina (social worker at CPAR), visited both schools and let them know that the program would run much smoother and was intended for a much smaller group of students. Both schools had to narrow down the student groups to 15 boys and 15 girls from each school. We have had one day of 30 at each school and it was very nice, and felt like we connected with the students on a more personal level, which is our primary intention.
I was invited to joingthe nurses and Delphina to go to Manyamayama Hospital. I met with the department nursing officer, and she gave me a tour of the hospital. The labor wards are closed off with the windows open. The moms sleep in the same bed with the babies. Some have IV Pitocynon running (synthetic oxytocinon to help the uterus to contract). They rest and learn how to breastfeed before they go home. I saw brand new baby twins that were born that morning. I was also taken in to see the OR which was super exciting. They have autoclaves, a washing machine, and a septic and non septic OR. The nurses wear white, dresses for girls and pants and tee shirts.
We met with the department of health officer, and he told me that the HIV rate three years ago was 3.5%, and now it is at 5.8% which is an alarming increase. As a soon to be nurse, I forget the immense importance of primary health prevention which is education and teaching before disease. I tend to focus on the disease, symptoms and treatment. We are in a prime spot to make a serious difference in these kids by educating them about risks, and hopefully decreasing transmission rate. Our hope is that these students will be leaders and pass on what they’ve learned not only to the students that had to drop the class, but the rest of the school as well!
Bye for now!