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