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Blog website   (published in Tanzania)

July 9, 2017 by   Comments(0)


Mijn actieve blog over mijn trip, ervaringen en avonturen van mijn project in Tanzania kan je vinden op:


My active blog about my trip, experiences and Adventures about my project in Tanzania can be found at:

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Blog website
Blog website

Making connections   (published in Nepal)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(0)

A few things are starting to come together now. Mirko has been extremely helpful so I now know that I will be staying at the hotel Kathmandu Prince for my stay, very near to local sights, shops and street food. 

In terms of what to take that might help I am told children's books as they are trying to create a library in each video page. Also clothes are always welcome. Mirko advised not to take stationary as it is very cheap locally and if you buy it there you are also contributing to the local economy.

All my preparations are done except for visa which Mirko assures me is a very simple process at the airport - does he have any idea how stupid I can be? Also, need a last check on clothes as not allowed bare shoulders so need vests with shirts on top or polo shirts. Don't know how mucky we'll get doing disaster relief work. 

Ask the oracle - check with Mirko!!! (In Ghana the clothes I wore to paint the orphanage had to go in the bin)


Have also introduced myself to a local charity in Lincoln who run a school and n Nepal doing excellent work.  Really good to see a film of their work. 

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Making connections
Making connections

Stiekem aftellen.. maar toch ook weer niet!   (published in Ghana)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(1)

Niet te geloven hoe snel de tijd gaat! Stiekem al een beetje aan het aftellen, maar toch ook weer niet! Maandag alweer een dag vrij, dit keer wel goed weer! Een dag aan het zwembad gerelaxt! Heerlijk! 

Dinsdag, woensdag en donderdag hebben we outreach gehad. Dinsdag ben ik met Monica naar een kliniek geweest. Hier gingen we op outreach naar een farmersdorp. Hier hebben we baby's gewogen en gekeken of ze vaccinaties nodig hadden. Die baby's zijn super cute! Sommige zijn wel een beetje bang voor mij.. Tja verkeerde huidskleur!  Op woensdag zijn we naar the Hills geweest. Weer een lange rit, met een prachtig uitzicht! Weer veel kinderen behandeld die wondjes en/of ringworm hadden. Ook hebben we een klas getest op malaria. En van de 22 kinderen hadden 20 kinderen malaria.. onvoorstelbaar! Nu maar hopen dat de ouders medicatie gaan kopen! Op donderdag zijn we naar twee scholen geweest in het eerste dorp in the Hills. Ook hier weer veel kinderen behandeld met wondjes en ringworm. Ook hebben we de leraren getest op hepatitis B en hier ook weer uitleg over gegeven. Ook wilde een aantal leraren hun bloeddruk gemeten krijgen. 

Even ter verduidelijking.. Het is niet dat de kinderen hier meer wondjes hebben, maar in Nederland zouden we er gewoon een pleister opplakken. Maar dat kan/gebeurd hier niet.. dus raken ze eerder geïnfecteerd en worden dan groter. En daarvoor zijn wij hier! Wij komen ze schoonmaken en verbinden! Als je na een aantal dagen een grote wond terug ziet, dan zie je een grote vooruitgang! Daar doen we het allemaal voor!

Op donderdagmiddag hadden we een taalles, in Twi. Dit is de lokale taal. We hebben geleerd iemand op de juiste manier te begroeten. Maar ook een aantal standaard woorden. Akwaaba = welkom. Ete sen = hoe gaat het met je? ...

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Stiekem aftellen.. maar toch ook weer niet!
Stiekem aftellen.. maar toch ook weer niet!

Projects Abroad Trip- Lessons/Classes   (published in Mongolia)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(0)

As a group, we learned about/how to perform CPR, carry out different types in injections/IV drips, and measure the blood pressure plus pulse rate of a patient. 

At first, many of us struggled with measuring the blood pressure, as we had to multitask by listening with a stethoscope but also concentrate on the needle of the indicator- we used an old fashioned pressure reader instead of a machine. In many cases, we could not hear the heart beating as it was very faint. 


Regarding the injections, it was the first time I got told that there were different angles that the injections had to be taken for various types of drugs! For example, certain injections had to make sure the needle was 15 degrees away from the skin, while others had to be at 90 degrees - this must be a lot of hard work for real nurses to remember!

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Projects Abroad Trip- Lessons/Classes
Projects Abroad Trip- Lessons/Classes

Projects Abroad Trip- Hospitals   (published in Mongolia)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(0)

During the 2 week stay in Mongolia, our group went to several hospitals. 

The main one that we stayed and observed/worked at was called Shastin's Central Hospital. There, I observed in the stroke unit, emergency department, post-surgery room, and witnessed a heart and eye surgery.

One of the most memorable moments in the hospital was when I was watching the open heart surgery! After asking the nurses, we found out that the patient had a hole on his septum, meaning oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood was mixing. Everyone is born with this hole, but it closes up soon after birth! The operation was to close up the hole as it caused lethargy and pain on the man. The operation was interesting, as the patient's heart rate kept rising and falling. In some moments, nurses had to inject drugs to slow down the heart so the doctor could operate more smoothly!

At Shastin Central Hospital, i also got to see an ECG scan. I did not know what this was until the supervisor explained to me that it measured the heart's electric pulses and energy. With an ECG, doctors/nurses are able to distinguish any issues with the patient's heart by looking at the peaks of the printed paper!


Overall, the experience in hospitals allowed me to get a better grasp of what doctors do on a daily basis and I got introduced to more medical terms, equipment, and other items.


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Projects Abroad Trip- Hospitals
Projects Abroad Trip- Hospitals

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