Once again, I have experienced a moving trip to Malawi. Meeting old friends and colleagues makes this feel like a second home. Again working in the north with Ellen (the project officer) facilitating Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Emergency (EmONC) training with college tutors. This was full on and exhausting, mainly due to the stories from the participants about situations in practice. Fab team work (again) and good fun. A visit to the local health centre in Mzuzu was a real eye opener- 1000 people through the doors every day- no appointment system, no space and no resources.
The final mentorship sign off session was successful with another 6 completing the course. Once again how much the Nurse Midwife Technicians (NMTs) and Community Midwife Assistants (CMAs) can achieve with so little is sobering- no regular internet, accessing articles via a mobile phone, no access to books…). We have a lot to learn. ..
Back to Lilongwe to complete the CMA CPD programme (DONE!!) – applause and whoops at the end- what a great team we all are. Our Malawi/ Scotland partnership is strong.
Jane and Liz