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:
Mangwaneni Mbabane Carepoint
Gugu (Precious) Lokotfwako
Murray Camp Carepoint
Ka Khoza Carepoint
Ngwane Park Carepoint
Good Enough Magwaza
Mangwaneni Manzini Carepoint
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.