Micheal shares more on his experiences in the hospital departments during his medical elective in Jinja, Uganda. He demonstrates how different medical services are in rural Africa in comparison to the UK.
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Just thought I’d show some of the beds on the normal wards. No bedsheets or laundry service. Patients have to bring or buy their own and their families will hand-wash them. There are also no curtains for privacy. Sometimes an old-fashioned screen is used for certain procedures, but not always. Still getting used to this very different culture within the hospital but am glad for the experience #act4africa #studentnurse #elective #placement #jinjahospital #jinja #uganda #africa #mattress #hospitalbed
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Today was my final day on the neonatal special care unit. It was bittersweet as we resuscitated 3 babies and managed to get 2 of them back successfully. It was a difficult day as the hospital doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of staff or latest equipment that the NHS does. Despite the loss, I am so proud and grateful I had the opportunity to care for these babies. A huge thank you to all of the staff in the special care unit for everything they do and for making me feel so welcome. #specialcareunit #jinjahospital #studentnurse #premature #preterm #electiveplacement #act4africa #jinja #uganda #africa #hospital
Thank you to Micheal for sharing this story, and highlighting the issues that hospitals in Africa face. Micheal has just started his nursing elective in Jinja, Uganda. As Micheal rightly states, the story for this mother and baby would have been very different in the UK.
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This baby girl was just a few hours old when this picture was taken. She hadn’t even been named yet. Her 16 year old mother passed away whilst giving birth to her as she lost too much blood. She might have lived but the hospital didn’t have any blood that matched hers. Needless to say this shows just how lucky we are in the UK as there most likely would have been a different outcome for the mother and her baby. If you are able, please go and donate blood! The baby girl was stable but brought to the neonatal special care unit as there was nowhere else for her to go. She is currently being looked after by her mother’s neighbour until a more permanent solution can be found. It was a privilege to care for this baby girl. *photo used with permission of ward sister and guardian of baby* #studentnurse #neonatal #blooddonation #uganda #jinja #uea #electiveplacement #baby #act4africa
Micheal Lynch – 04/12/2018
As the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, I count myself lucky and at the same time privileged, that am part of the Act4Africa Grow A Girl programme, which has given me the opportunity to be in school till this present day. It is an opportunity that has shaped me into the person I am today and as well as shaping me towards my career aspirations.
I live in a community where brewing alcohol and working in the sugar plantations are the main source of livelihood for most families. Coupled with community stereo-types regarding girl education as a waste of money and time, this greatly affected my hopes and belief in whether I would ever study further beyond primary level.
I am privileged to be in school. This has greatly reduced my vulnerability to early pregnancy, HIV infection, and alcoholism; as is the norm for most young girls who have not gotten an opportunity like mine, or worse off, been sexually exploited and/or working under hard and harsh conditions in the nearby sugar plantations.
I feel strongly that this opportunity is driving me into a future I dreamed I would never acquire. However, at the same time, I feel saddened by the fate of my fellow peers within my community. They are in predicaments that have ruined their future as result of:
1) Community stereo-type that regards girls education as useless
2) The environment around them, with nearly every home having a brewery / distiller of local gin, thus exposing them to sexual advances from men that are 10 times older than their age.
Thank you Act4Africa, the sponsors of the Grow A Girl programme to everyone that is making this possible, without your support I don’t where I would be now or what I would be doing, but most important, I know I would be being robbed of the bright future that I see ahead of me.
Prossy (aged 19, Mayuge District, Uganda)
11 October marks International Day of the Girl Child: an annual initiative launched by the United Nations to support and empower young women across the globe with the theme this year focused on helping girls overcome adversity.
According to UNICEF, 600 million adolescent girls will start work in the next decade and 90 per cent of those living in developing countries will go into informal roles where abuse and exploitation are rife.
This is what the 2018 Day of the Girl Child seeks to combat under the theme: “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”, which marks the beginning of a year-long effort to advocate female entrepreneurship and provide young women across the world with the tools they need to carve their own professional paths. At Act4Africa we believe the best way to equip girls for the future is through education.
Act4Africa’s Grow A Girl Programme relies solely on one-off donations and individual regular givers. If you think you can spare £25 a month to keep a girl like Prossy in education you can find out how, here.