Maggie Wilson from the M Sc (Global Health) program at the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University has arrived in Njombe too work with the Highlands Hope Umbrella and the TANWAT Company Hospital. Maggie will be evaluating the the first stages of the implementation of the new Cyflow mini-POC HIV care technology given to Highlands Hope for assessment by the German technology firm Partec.
Working in close collaboration with the TANWAT Care and Treatment Centre and the volunteer activists from CHAKUNIMU, Maggie will do a qualitative study of the impact of the POC roll out on the work of health care professionals and volunteers as well as on our HIV patients.
Maggie sent along a first note on her arrival in Kibena:
I have arrived safely and have received a warm welcome from the community of Njombe!
The POC CD4 diagnostic machine is on-site and training for its use is underway. Work has begun on preliminary translation of project documents into Kiswahili and I am happy to report that this project has recently received Community Consent from local leaders - which ensures that community needs will guide the implementation of this new program.
The countryside is breathtaking, I am very much enjoying working with the people I have met thus far and am honoured to be a part of this health care project.
Hope this finds you well,