SEN136 Medical mission
There are not sufficient doctors in Senegal. Tropical doctor Tabitha Kieviet works in a mission clinic. She trains Senegalese nurses to provide in (more) local health needs.
why this project?
Senegal is one of the thirty poorest countries in the world. Consequently, there are few opportunities for training medical personnel. A nurse in Senegal does not have an education background like nurses in western countries.
There are few hospitals and clinics. In many villages and cities in Senegal basic health care is not available. The need for medical assistance is especially major in the rural areas.
Besides her work in the clinic, Tabitha has got an extensive network of Senegalese health workers in the Dakar region. By giving specific training at different locations, she shares important knowledge with these workers. Protocols are shared, and health programmes started. As a result, better medical care can be given and Tabitha’s team is being expanded.
what can we learn?
Having a degree or following an education is not self-evident in all parts of the world. To invest in education and training is investing in people’s own strength. So they are capable to do it by themselves.