Mindy Weschler, a visiting faculty volunteer in Malawi, grew concerned when she noticed that her students were caring for patients after surgeries with very little treatment or compassion for their pain.
“Making a difference” is one of my core aspirations. As a nurse for over 45 years, I have delivered care in nearly all possible settings: hospital, home, clinic, health offices and all types of schools as a nurse and instructor. Prior to coming to Tanzania, I was most familiar with the health needs of school-aged children and their families as a certified school nurse. I took a holistic approach to providing care and education to students, parents, and teachers on issues from diabetes and asthma to child care and hygiene. When I arrived in Tanzania, I was truly able to fulfill my “making a difference” dream, by working collaboratively with Lucy Kamakaba, my counterpart and Community Health faculty at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) in Mwanza, Tanzania. When I arrived, we identified there was not a hands-on health assessment for school-aged children … Read More