My personal expectations/goals have been consistently met as I’ve made each of these visits. I take seriously my efforts to provide value to the laboratory work offered in this hospital, while being certain to not introduce non-sustainable policies. The staff has received me very well. They seem to appreciate my efforts and are enthusiastic to provide the best services they can within their limitations. I gave two lectures to laboratory staff, wrote several procedures and worked shoulder-to-shoulder with several technicians. I have been invited to return whenever it is possible. My current plan is to make a fifth trip in 2007 (I have limited vacation time or I’d go more often). I have continued contact with the medical director and laboratory staff via e mail.
Bill Rourke, Regional Microbiology and POCT Manager, Portland Service Area
Sponsored by: World Gospel Mission
October 17-31, 2005, Kenya