Friday 13 April 2012: Another great day
Today was never going to be ordinary, if you can call any day ordinary in Malawi.
Mary collected the outreach medical staff from Mzuzu clinic at 8am as they have no transport or fuel for their monthly, under 5, clinic at our birthing centre/ health centre in Lusangazi. Harisen and myself squashed-in the others, who had to hide while passing the roadblock!!
I generally compare this clinic to Heuston Station on a busy weekend and so it was. Mothers, babies and toddlers thronged around, chatted, sang, danced and got their business done.
In about 2 hours, Mary the senior nurse told me that they had seen 53 children and 7 pregnant mothers, gave contraception to 15 others, in injection, patch, oral and other forms, weighed, measured and advised, kept everyone happy and sped off for more of the same in Mary's overloaded banger. What a service in a little building we put up two years ago with the full support of the community. Pure Magic!.
The feature of the day was a new well in Phwokabandera in the Sonda area. Our first well was installed there in 2007 and is still going strong.
This new well is really special to us, paid for by a very dear friend of ours in memory of her best friend who died just before we came out after a long battle with cancer. It was a very fitting memorial in that it gives a life, a better quality of life, to 242 people the other side of the world.
GPS: S11.26.252, E033.59.140, Elevation 1425
When the pump was installed, Mary explained about the plaque and the story. One of the women said a prayer,and finally Mary asked them to remember Judy every time they came for water, and I'm sure they will.
And then we had the singing and dancing, a real spontaneous celebration.
In the pic Harisen explains the pump to a very attentive group of women, because in Malawi,the quality of water can be a matter of life and death, often death.
For Judy: Go dté tú slán abhaile