So we have continued on our journey through Malawi. We left Muzuzu in the northern district and are now in the hilly town of Blantyre in the southern district. We had a long drive south during which we drove along sections of the Malawi/ Mozambique border. The road often forming the border and people moving across the road freely for shopping, socialising and also to access the healthcare there is. With no effective registration of the population it is challenging for Malawi as many come over to access the free healthcare there is.
Today we completed a second 2 day workshop for nursing and midwifery lecturers on mentorship. Again we are struck by the challenges our colleagues here have in delivering education and ensuring students are supervised and mentored in the clinical placements.
Rain is a common topic of conversation here as the rainy season is imminent and the ground is dry. We had a cheer today during one of Donald’s sessions as we heard the pelting of heavy rain on the roof.
Rose a lecturer who completed the mentorship programme previously spoke very movingly to her peers, encouraging them to complete the programme and speaking of how it had given her confidence to be an advocate for student’s learning when she visits the wards and health centres.
Our next entry will be from Lilongwe