Snakebites and sad goodbyes

A final morning chapel followed our joyful late night escapades last night, with a combination of Amazing Grace and We Are Marching to get a bit of the African clapping vibe working.

Clare Fuller showed us lots of very interesting graphs. Dermatology complaints are known to under present, be poorly treated and lead to people avoiding healthcare for other important issues.

The Ladies are Dying

Afghanistan has a Maternal Mortality Rate of 6,500 per 100,000. Which is the highest ever recorded, anywhere in the world.

Reducing those MMR stats is simple: we know the answers: Improve access, Ensure skilled staff at deliveries, Increase Utilization &
Education and Family Planning. But the question is how to implement that…

The Cutting Edge…

I started my morning devotion with starting to read through John 1. I was completely unsurprised to find that the word enlightened came up immediately, just like Ian’s talk from the first night, and bringing me back to that Ephesians 1 passage again: “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world”.

Following that, Hilary Edgcombe taught us about many cool intelligent things in the world of Anaesthetics.

Burn Contracture Healed Joining bones (and mission partnerships)

We started this morning with a meeting with the missions agency that emailed me last week. Katherine, Joen and Neriah all came out to Oak Hill college with me, ready for the meeting. We met with a lovely chap with an accent that can best be described as “miscellaneous”, since he has lived in about 5 countries for significant periods of his life. His wife was also there.

Just that little fact made me feel more comfortable: if you meet with a corporate CEO, or similar, there would never be such an immediate focus on relationship, on meeting our family as we meet theirs.

Baby, baby (and other paediatrics)

There were some big messages, and scary statistics.

No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old
Isaiah 65:20

If you include stillborn babies, then 75% of deaths in under 5s are in neonates.

Changing the world

The focus of today is Community Health. As I said yesterday, I made notes on the whole course in 2012 – you can read about this day here. Today I’m just going to write about things that impacted me.

Ted Lankaster spoke first. Chatting to him at breakfast made me realise that we need to talk to InterHealth about vaccinations, because we leave in about 6 weeks now, and we still haven’t organised ours!