Angela and Ian awarded certificates to the first group of Wollega staff to complete the Doctors as Teachers course. Dr Eba attended and it turned into a very heart warming and enjoyable celebration. Next week, Angela and Ian will run the course again; this time for the GP's that teach the medical students here in Wollega.
Joe continued with his mission to teach resuscitation skills to everyone in Africa using simulation. This has been a huge success! The last session that I observed, the GP's were running the sessions for the medical students, with Joe just playing a supporting role. We hope that this will continue into the future. We have left a Resus Annie manikin with the university for their clinical skills lab.
Our students have been working hard, teaching examination skills and making close, mutually supportive links with the students here.
Nick and I have been teaching in the local hospital. It is a challenging environment. There are a lot of very ill people there, with not a lot of available treatments. It is a frustrating place for the medical staff to work - they are good clinicians, but even when they have the diagnosis, there is often little they can do for the patients except patch them up.
We had a wonderful last evening. Dr Eba and his colleagues took us all out for a last dinner together. It was very emotional for all of us, but a happy time nine the less.
We are off to Addis at 1pm today. We need to go and buy food and lots and lots of water for the trip. The next time I write - I will be home!