On Monday morning we visited the Mzuzu Health clinic again, where the maternity ward is situated, and met Dr. Dziko. He told us how the entire clinic was too small for the area it accommodates, much like the maternity ward it is underfunded and understaffed. Two of the areas which need additional help and funding are the pharmacy and the laboratory. Hearing this Joel and I were more than happy to dedicate some of our volunteering time to the clinic. I am especially interested to start working in the laboratory as the last time I worked in such an environment was during my degree in Forensic Science. Of course the lab here is much smaller and less well equipped than my University counterpart, however the work they do there is invaluable. Testing for TB, HIV and Malaria is all carried out there and they even receive samples from other health institutions nearby. Hopefully my skills and experiences will be a great benefit to them.
With Peter Mutharika elected as the new president, things have finally started to get back to normal. With the voting and election debacle that seemed to go on forever (two weeks really) attendance had been low in classes, however the number of students has now begun to improve. Each week the classes seem to be getting easier, as the students get to know me they interact more and more and so the classes are much more enjoyable. The craft classes are great and the students love to create something that they can take home and show off to friends and family. This week the older students had a go a making friendship bracelets. It was interesting to see how some students seem to have a natural affinity to braiding the cotton, while others needed a little extra guidance. It was also nice to see students helping each other when one of the was stuck.