Together we go for better mother and child care in Tanzania
Veronika, our second candidate, started the echo course on Monday 15 April 2019. We wanted to get to know her better, so that we could guide and support her remotely where necessary in the coming period. Saja walked with her for a few days and talks to us:Last week, nurse-midwife Veronika vaccinated 11- and 12-year-old girls in schools in the Moshi area against HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer. That disease is common in East Africa. Malawi leads, followed by Tanzania and Kenya. Every year there are 7300 cases of cervical cancer in Tanzania, half of which are diagnosed late.The visit to the schools was quite an experience. The girls pushed and pulled, because nobody wanted to be the first to take the shot. The visit of the mzungu (white person) also caused some excitement.The jeep with which we traveled also served as an ambulance in between, because the actual ambulance was under repair. As a result, we had plenty of time to get to know each other personally. Naturally we also discussed substantive issues such as the possibilities, limitations and challenges of ultrasound in Tanzania. I went through the sponsorship contract with Veronika and we signed it.Veronika seems perfect for the outreach, she is enthusiastic, gentle and has a spontaneous, good interaction with the children and those in charge.