Back home again

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So we are back home again in the dark, cold UK.  I wore the traditional dress I was given by CH Rennie Hospital today to cheer me up and help me wade through the mound of paperwork that awaited me at work. We had a very successful trip all in all.  We trained 26 midwives […]

The oxygen concentrator

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In the UK, oxygen is piped to our wards and surgical theatres.  Resuscitaires (for neonatal resuscitation) take air and O2 cylinders in case babies are delivered in areas where there is no piped O2.  But really we only use cylinders nowadays in hospitals in the UK for teaching purposes – most resuscitation teaching rooms don’t […]

Skin to skin mother (and father) care

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Keeping babies warm is one of the 4 themes identified by WHO as factors which contribute to bringing down neonatal mortality rates.  The mean temperature in Liberia is 27° C (81° F ), with temperatures rarely exceeding 36° C (97° F ) or falling below 20° C (68° F ).  But our learners today were […]

Malaria

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Malaria is endemic in Liberia and prevalence is high at the moment as the rainy season draws to a close.  One of our 2 local instructors succumbed to it this morning during the 1st lecture of the day.  Fortunately she was sitting next to one of the observing doctors when she collapsed so was admitted […]

Getting stuck in

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Here are a few pictures from the first day of the Newborn Care Course which went well today.  As it is the first course to be run in Liberia and there are only 2 UK trained instructors, we have kept the course numbers small. We have 12 learners, all very keen midwives and nurses.  We […]

GNI v. GDP v. GNP

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In 1984, I took Geography A level.  I still find both physical and human geography fascinating and all 3 of my children have disappointed me by not even taking it at GCSE.  In human geography in the 80’s we referred to the “Third World”, the “North-South divide” and the “Developing World”.  Terminology has moved on […]