Mozambique 

……I gave lessons to two of the villages at the beginning of the clinic day on hygiene and prevention of worms and how to make clean drinking and cooking water.  We served about 700 people, mainly in the bush clinics, and left medications and wound care supplies behind with our hosts to continue to use and help many hundreds more in the future.  It was an amazing and rewarding time again to be able to help those in this third world country.  This was my fourth year going to Mozambique to serve there.
Rose Causey, RN, PPMC
Sponsored by: Forward Edge International
Mozambique, August 23 – September 7, 2006

I was part of a team of RNs that worked in “bush” clinics in Mozambique.  I diagnosed diseases in adult patients that included malaria, worms, and generalized aches and pains associated with carrying heavy loads on their heads and backs.  I also saw infants and children with high temperatures, respiratory infections, worms, and malaria, etc.  I taught basic health care techniques such as washing hands after using the toilet and before preparing food, boiling water or putting the water in a covered container out in the sun to filter it, keeping the outdoor toilet away from food preparation, how to prevent getting worms, etc…..I was helping people who had basic life and health needs.  I had to opportunity to help people improve their lives while expecting nothing from them in return.  However, I got more from them than I ever expected….smiles, a touch, and to see them get well and develop new friendships.  I learned from the people of Mozambique to be content with the simple things in life, e.g., family, friends, basic health care, hard work, a good laugh, and a friendly greeting from strangers….
Nola Spaulding, RN, PPMC
Sponsored by: Forward Edge International
Mozambique, August 22 – September 8, 2006

 

Mozambique….Most of the people living in this area of Mozambique live in one-room bush homes without running water or electricity.  The unemployment rate is very high.  The work that I took part in included providing nursing care at a community health clinic, doing home health visits to chronically ill people, and working at a baby clinic/feeding program.  I felt gratified knowing that I was helping both the workers who are there on a permanent basis and the people of Mozambique who are struggling to survive.  I was able to see first hand the medical needs of a tropical third world country.
Gail Wood RN, PPMC
Sponsored by: Forward Edge International
Mozambique, July 10-28, 2005

MozambiqueMy goals and expectations were met by working in the clinic and the sick baby clinic.  I also participated in home health care in the bush.  I passed out medications, food, helped with physical assessments and with an interpreter, if needed, made sure they had follow-up care with a doctor and how important it was to keep their appointment and take all of their medications.  I wanted to make a difference in their lives with proper health care and teaching, a friendly smile, a gentle touch and encouraging them…..

Nola Spaulding RN, PPMC
Sponsored by: Forward Edge International
Mozambique, July 10-28, 2005

…Maforga Clinic was so happy they gave me an entire office/exam room to myself.  I was able to diagnose many diseases and illnesses, prescribe medications and fill prescriptions on my own, due to my previous year’s experience.  A nurse’s scope of practice is much higher there.  In fact, even at the local hospital a male nurse admits patients and orders test, labs, X-rays, everything.  An MD comes by there rarely and only for difficult cases, after all tests are completed….The hospitals are understaffed and under-equipped.  Physicians are scarcely seen.  In the rural areas nurses run clinics and patients have to go to major cities to see MD’s that are mostly specialists or surgeons…..We saw diseases no longer seen in the USA like polio, mumps, measles, nearly half the patients had scabies as one of their problems.  Most walked hours or 1-2 days to get to the clinic.
Rose Causey, RN, IV Therapy
Providence Portland Medical Center
Sponsored by: Forward Edge International
Mozambique, July 14-24, 2005