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Last week was a busy workweek. I handed in the final versions of the poster and pamphlet which I made for ARCH. I analyzed the data from the questionnaires I collected. After looking over the data I designed a workshop that I gave in my last working week. I saw my regular patients and shadowed some other colleagues while they were working.
Analyzing the data was interesting. The data was collected from patients at ARCH, and the questions ...
What a busy week! On Monday, May 20th, it was
National Day in Cameroon. This is the day where the Anglophone and Francophone
parts of Cameroon were united. It was their 50th anniversary.
Nonetheless, there is still a split between the French and English, and the English
still count as a minority and often have less job opportunities than the
French. Anne-Fleur, a Dutch nurse volunteer, and I went to see the festivities
ARCH has quite a big facility. About five years ago it moved from its original location, with a hospital, church, etc,. In the last 3 years it has 500 new patients. It is defiantly growing. Currently there are treatment rooms (simple treatment benches, separated by curtains), 3 shared lodging rooms for men, women and children who live at the clinic, four workshop rooms where prosthesis's, wheelchairs, special shoes ...
today is a public holiday in Cameroon, as in most countries, Ascension day. None of us volunteers at the guest house had to work. Instead we went to an open church this morning. We were there for four hours, sitting in the heat with many many Cameroonians. We listened to the preaching and to the singing, a large train of offerings was given, including whole fish carried on trays ...
Buea, Cameroon. Life goes at a different pace here. I noticed this right away the first day we arrived here at Mount Mary. My walk was much slower, you have time to greet people and ask them how their day was. You can start conversations with strangers as we wait, sitting in front of the guesthouse for a duplicate for our key. We wait and meet Cameroonians and hear a bit more about their own culture. It's seems like I forgot about this luxury back in ...