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here are things that we were told about, but there are always things
that you cannot be prepared for! It has also been helpful to have
worked overseas previously.
I am working with a small NGO in rural Burundi called The Cries of a
Child. I am working in a clinic and my role is to develop maternity practice through clinical mentoring and education, and to help transition
the organisation to prepare the opening of a higher-risk maternity unit.
It has all been useful; the cultural and worldview sessions have been
very useful, especially when dealing with frustrations/challenges of
relationship-building and working in another culture. It has been good to
have that other insight into completely different worldviews.
am looking into working alongside other organisations here in Burundi and
doing some educational sessions in government facilities. I just need some
doors to open and to make some connections. I am also particularly interested
in women empowerment and looking into avenues for developing this passion.
I would definitely recommend the Global Track programme. For someone thinking of getting involved, I think it’s very worthwhile doing as much training and
preparation as you can before you go, as you are often the most expert there. I
am realising that the poorest resource in a resource limited setting is the human
resource; so if you can equip yourself with as much skills and knowledge then
you have a lot more treasure to pass on. Taking hold of courses in the UK, which
are often free/through work. I did the neonatal examination course a few years
ago in the UK and it has been so valuable. I would also recommend learning the
language as much as possible before you
go; I am now wishing I had done this and
will be spending some time in France this
summer to improve my French.
Please pray for all I have mentioned and
for future connections to be able to
partner with more organisations and
government facilities to do some
midwifery education. Please pray for my
French language skills too.