By Glenn Hutton
We meet with John and Duncan on Wednesday after you left. It was an excellent meeting as we were able to determine what his priorities were in terms of health care in this vast area. I didn’t realize it was such a huge piece of wilderness!
The only glitch was he was confused about our second training day. He hadn’t arranged for the 14 health officers to attend our training session . BUT, it was a good glitch, as he identified Duncan and 3 others to participate in the project. This was great as we only had the 4 cell phones so all is great!
However, John’s priorities are interesting. He really wants to have a computerized set of patient records for all of the clinics. However, none of the health officers we met with had a working computer in their clinic nor did they have a personal computer – so not sure how that will work out?
Starting with cell phones was a great place to start and now we can start to get to work on the project.
Here are a few pictures of the ABW Mobile Health Team (M-Team) along with their name and locations.
We will provide a more thorough report when we get back home
Vicki and Glenn Hutton, Barbara Wade, trainers
Dr. Len Wade – “How to assess patients when a doctor is not present”
Here is a bit of write up from Vicki on the project.
“In a nutshell, the tele-health project is the brainchild of Barbara Wade, based on her observations that the clinical health officers work in very remote area where it is difficult to access information in a timely manner. Add to that the observation that the vast majority of Kenyans own cell phones, and an idea was born! Before leaving Canada, Barb and Glen bought five android cell phones and loaded them with various medical information programs, such as the MSF (Doctors Without Borders) app and the Burmese Border Guide, obviously very reputable and credible information sources. This was not as easy a process as first thought, but they persevered and a ton of information was installed on the phones. Once over here, we met with medical personnel to identify their greatest needs and to make sure that the phone project would help a dedicated group of professionals be even more proficient at their jobs. We then distributed the phones to five clinical health officers and the same programs were installed on two other devices for other clinical health officers. A workshop was provided for all personnel involved (we are calling them our 1G group – First Generation for all of you who are as good with computer acronyms as I am!). That was an amazing experience for us, as they “got it” instantly and immediately began saying things such as “This would be great for patient education in the waiting rooms.” and “We can ask each other questions about difficult cases. and … Their enthusiasm, gratitude and most importantly, their passion for their jobs and patients was extremely thrilling for us. There are many ways to extend this project, but we have to remember to walk slowly before we start galloping full-out. So far, it has been very successful; now we just need to keep it up! (Vicki Hutton)”.
I am at the airport heading to Tanzania and Dr. Karen and Dennis Hansberger to California. They are a great team that worked hard.
Tomorrow the remaining 4 will leave.