Greetings from Thohoyandou, South Africa! Van and I arrived in South Africa last Wednesday, July 5th. After getting settled at Vevisa Lodge, we were introduced to the UNIVEN School of Nursing faculty over dinner. The following days were spent preparing for the palliative care training sessions for the community health workers of Limpopo district. The trainings include topics such as effective communication, promoting comfort with patients experiencing various types of pain, promoting nutritional diets, reading medication labels, and methods in resiliency. Our first training was on Tuesday, July 11th, and the second was on Friday, July 14th. The two training sessions went fabulously! The community health care workers were engaged and even gave us feedback on topics of interest for future trainings! Dr. Jeannette Ramakuela, our UNIVEN partner, assisted us with translating the material and was also very pleased with the outcome of the trainings. Next week, we will begin training the professional nurses. I am excited to learn from these incredible women! The nurses here are trained to be independent practitioners at the time of graduation. In fact, one nursing student told me that a requirement before graduation is delivering 30 babies! Thus far, I have been so inspired by the nurses I have met. My time in Limpopo has certainly given me a different perspective on the work that we do in the United States. I am honored to be here and am honored to be working with such incredible people!
Salani (Remain well/goodbye), Kendal