Saturday, November 1, 2014

Preparing- Part 3

The nurses took a tour of the tent and surrounding areas.

Inside the tent- not much space!
There are two beds- one for the sick person and one for their caretaker.

Stephen is showing how to properly place a sample in a package to take to the laboratory.

Washing hands is VERY important.
This bucket faucet and basin is used for washing with soap and water.
In other spots, bleach water is used. 
The nurses practiced taking vital signs while wearing the layers of equipment.
It's quite a challenge!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Preparing- Part 2

We hope that Ebola does not come to Impfondo, but we want the hospital to be prepared if it does.
Digging a hole to be used for disposal
Orange netting marks the corridor between the tent and the garbage pit.
Setting up the tent for training
Stephen talks through the process with some of the employees
We have to have a shot of the UK shirt. ;)
Dr. Kiong taught those who weren't able to come to the classes last Saturday the proper procedure for putting on and removing the personal protective equipment.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


So far, Ebola has not spread to our little corner of the world, and we are praying that it stays that way.  But the hospital has been doing what it can to be prepared in case of an outbreak.  The guards, nurses, and other employees have been receiving extra training, and we have received PPE (personal protective equipment) from Samaritan's Purse to help us protect ourselves.

A tent is serving as our holding and screening area for potential cases of Ebola.
Over the next few days, we'll be looking at some of the precautions necessary.

Ebola and the Christian by Dr. Bill Brown talks about some of the issues we have been facing recently.

Dr. Kiong demonstrates the PPE
during a training session with the nurses

The confusing Ebola crisis has shone a light on the reality that many of Africa’s poorest and neediest are receiving medical treatment from (gasp!) missionaries. See, for example, Brian Palmer’s article in Slate,“Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?” Not all of those serving the medical needs of Africa are Christian missionaries, but the number who are is impressive. They are everywhere.

Missionary doctors have been treating Ebola victims in Africa for decades in sub-Sahara Africa. Why? Because they are the primary ones treating the people for every disease. They have always been there. The reason the West is even talking about Ebola is that the virus has the potential to spread quickly and infect people outside of Africa – us. Otherwise, would we care?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Around the Web

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Crossing a Bridge is a post that talks about transitions.  Even if you aren't a missionary living internationally, life is full of transitions.

“I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder.” ~spoken by Aslan in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Change is the river we must cross, but He will build our bridge and will lead us across it. read the rest here

From Elliot Tenpenny at Reigning in Life
Orthopedists, physical therapists one and all. If you have a desire to treat club foot, Congo is for you. Recently the Mercy Ship was in Congo and pictures of orthopedic cases were collected. Most were not accepted for surgery. They made the decision here not to treat any clubfoot patients. This left this area with literally 30-40 patients we know of with clubfoot problems. So if you have a desire to treat this disease, let us know.
see the original post here

Also worth reading:

Monday, October 27, 2014


A sunset captured by Isabelle
A team from Mercy Ships came to work on repairing equipment.

Guess who woke the kids up at 4:30AM to see the bat he killed.
He meowed outside their bedroom windows until
Ian & Isabelle got up to look. #lifeasaTCK

Jungle fruit

Walking home from the market.
Another beautiful day.

Saturday the nurses had another class to learn
how to properly use the PPE from Samaritan's Purse.

Another Nurses Review for their CME classes
planned by Millie Deleon and Lauren Lunsford.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola Preparedness Training

Last Saturday, the nurses learned how to use the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) sent by Samaritan's Purse.   They split into two groups to practice with Stephen, Millie Deleon, Dr. Kiong Liao, and Lauren Lunsford assisting.  

It was quite humorous to see everyone getting in and out of the suits, but at the same time there was an air of gravity.  Everyone wants to know how to follow the proper procedures in the event of Ebola in Impfondo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The nurses CME review class

Millie Deleon and Lauren Lunsford planned another review class for the nurses.
Everyone was involved again!
The whole group...
Listening to the Ebola review...