As we packed up to leave, some got emotional as the children of the preschool said goodbye. These children were so good, so happy, and so pure. While they didn’t have everything in the world, you would think they did by the smile on their faces. We were able to provide a myriad of community education classes to the patients including stretching, nutrition, rehydration, community sanitation, women’s health issues, hygiene, oral health, family planning, proper respiratory health, STDs/HIV.
We also gave education on uncontrolled hypertension and referred them into the mobile district health system that provides regular medicines for patients with chronic diseases. Many people complained of bone pain as well, and this was primarily due to their working conditions. The team also provided education to numerous patients with diabetes and treated heartburn, ulcers and respiratory issues. All felt we had truly made a difference in this community. – Shauna, IMR Team South Africa Team Leader