Leanne, Jane & myself have finally hit the communities.
The ambulance is in perfect condition, Dr Winani looks after the ambulance like his own child.
It is good to see our workers agian, Gabrielle, Paulo and Lucas. we have a new driver, Abdulla, he is great and cares for our ambulance beautifully.
Yesterday, (Tues 24th) we visited the Kiterere community. a community of 1,000 people, situated 10 kms out of Tarime. This community is very poor. Their only income is through growing vegetables, and selling between each other. They have no cattle, due to local thieves.
However, the biggest need for this community is clean, safe drinking water. They have no well, only minimal muddy, nearly dried up river water. Currently, in Kitere there is a cholera outbreak, which is due to poor water. Leanne, Jane & myself are setting up a cholera clinic on Monday to help treat the cholera outbreak. We would love to do it earlier but we have already committed ourselves to other communities and needs.
Cholera is treated by rehydration, preferably oral. Antibiotic management is ineffective for cholera.
We see that lack of clean safe water is the major health problem in the rural communities in the Tarime district.
It is wonderful to see Lisa settled back into the Tarime Goodwill Hospital with such comfort and enthusiasm. Dr Winani and his team, as well as the patients have welcomed Lisa back with much appreciation.
Dr Joe has been warmly welcomed, and his work so appreciated.