30th March 2017
Frankie and Judy went off to the hospital to teach at 8am while Paul and Sarah took in the market sights. We all met up at the University at lunchtime.
Frankie presented a large bag of books and equipment, kindly donated by Poole hospitals, to stores manager Janet Angom, who was delighted and posed in one of the uniforms. She was keen for a pen pal in the UK and Paul will ask his BU secretary, Audrey.
There followed a very productive meeting with Anna Agnes, Head of nursing and midwifery, deputy, Joy Acen and nursing officer Joy Christine. All agreed to develop ‘partner teaching’ (a PAL teacher and a Lira lecturer working together to delivery lessons to the students). The idea is to strengthen the indigenous lecturers skills while involving the PAL teacher. The buddying of students at LU with those from BU was re-emphasised with Joy Acen tasked with identifying 2 or 3 students to start with. She will liaise with Paul. Professional development training was also discussed with ideas about e-learning that will be explored at BU. Agnes was keen to explore teaching techniques with Sarah. All very positive.
Arnold picked us up for a visit, via a maze of back streets, to the Ayira Health Services (AYS), a small hospital complex on a lovely quiet site, set up by Dr Opio Patrick and his team. A not for profit hospital it offers private healthcare. In addition AYS has a 3 year programme of finding and treating victims of war through surgery and psychological counselling, The programme is funded by the Trust Fund for Victims and a new surgical centre is in build. Frankie had donated an oxicimeter last October and we could hear it in use in the operating theatre on our arrival. We presented Patrick with a bunch of crutches and some theatre equipment. Back via the hospital, where Judy delivered some reagents to the pathology lab and home for a rest. Dinner at the Amazon bar with a quiz!!
Anna Agnes (far left) Joy Christine (to the left of Paul) and Joy Acen to her left plus PAL members and others