Menstrual Hygiene Day

Being an old bloke, I don’t often think about periods. But I have to, and during the course of my work, I have seen some fairly unsavoury methods of dealing with menstruation. However, a local charitable, non-government organisation called Project Luangwa has tackled the problem of sanitary protection in this corner of Zambia and come… Continue reading Menstrual Hygiene Day

Mass Deworming

There’s an old joke about a woman who painted her doorstep pink. When asked why she did it, she said that it kept the elephants out of the house. “Elephants? That’s just ridiculous!” replied the questioner and the woman said, “Ah, but you have never seen any elephants in my house, have you?” I have… Continue reading Mass Deworming

Logo’d Up

This phrase comes from the TV comedy series “The Royle Family”, when baby David is decked out in clothes with fashionable labels. I was reminded of this when doing a mobile children’s clinic in a nearby village. It seemed that all the mothers were competing to present their child in their Sunday best outfits. Of… Continue reading Logo’d Up

Monday Morning Meeting Revisited

I arrived five minutes late for the 8am meeting today and missed prayers. Impressively, one nurse who had been on nights and another who had started her holiday both turned up for the meeting. One staff member came in 10 minutes after me, and then we had a full complement. I was sitting next to… Continue reading Monday Morning Meeting Revisited

Another Day, part 2

A woman was sitting on the steps of the clinic, gazing at the ground. I was told that she had mental health problems and wouldn’t speak. She was pregnant and had indicated that she had belly ache. A nurse had prescribed paracetamol and the woman had tried to take all the tablets. I sat down… Continue reading Another Day, part 2

Another day, another clinic

Friday is the second busiest day of the week at Kakumbi Rural Health Centre. I arrived early and got to work seeing those patients who spoke English. During May, about 60% of the people attending the clinic have malaria, so I have been trying to get the clerk who registers the patients to take their… Continue reading Another day, another clinic

Monday Morning Meeting

“We always have a meeting on Monday morning. It informs the staff what their duties will be during the coming week. All government officers have a Monday morning meeting. It is how we do things here in Zambia.” There have been some complaints to the District Commissioner about the health centre staff “sitting about talking… Continue reading Monday Morning Meeting