Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Health Care Workers: Continuing Care for Others

I leave for Swaziland this Thursday August 3rd to spend a week training 14 lay people to become Health Care Workers, each responsible for the medical needs of the children at their CarePoints. They are teachers and helpers at the CarePoints. Here is the class schedule:

Day 1: 8am-12pm: The Body and how it works (lecture)
1:30pm-4:30pm: Anatomy lab: skills and projects

Day 2: 8am-12pm: How to examine a sick patient (lecture)
1:30-4:30pm: physical exam lab: blood pressures, stethoscope use, taking temperatures, etc.

Day 3: 8am-12pm: Common Illnesses (lecture)
1:30pm-4:30pm: case presentations of common illnesses

Day 4: 8am-12pm: First Aid (lecture)
1:30pm-4:30pm: First Aid skills lab: CPR, how to treat wounds, bandaging, stabilizing a patient, treatment of shock, etc.

Day 5: 8am-12pm: Cases (lecture): putting it all together
1:30pm-3:30pm: Cases: I present, they do all the work

By the end of the week they should be able to examine a patient, identify the illness and know what to do (refer, seek immediate medical attention, or give basic treatment). I gave the same course in Cambodia and it was very succesful.

Here are the students:

Fonteyn Carepoint
Laura Cass

Mangwaneni Mbabane Carepoint
Gugu (Precious) Lokotfwako
Abraham Dlamini

Makholweni Carepoint
Lindiwe Mngomezulu
Zandile Nkhambule
Ncamiso Mafuku

Madonsa Carepoint
Khanyisle Mdluli

Murray Camp Carepoint
Peggy Dlamini

Ka Khoza Carepoint
Ntombie Shongwe

Ngwane Park Carepoint
Sindi Mdluli

Zakhele Carepoint
Good Enough Magwaza

Moneni Carepoint
Phindile Mahlalela
Phindile Sukati

Mangwaneni Manzini Carepoint
Treasure Simelane

I ask all of you to lift these students up in prayer, individually and as a group, today and everyday throughout the course. It will be through them that the "Forgotten Children" will see His love.

In all things, give thanks.