Claire Walker Completes Work In Tanzania
During half-term, Framlingham College Year 12 student, Claire Walker travelled by herself to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
Claire went via Doha and a rural town in the mountains called Iringa taking 9 hours by bus! Claire stayed with several other people in a large house owned by Gap Medics. She spent five days working in a Church-funded hospital called Tosamaganga.
Claire said, “It was extremely basic but I was able to see a wide variety of tropical diseases not normally seen in England. I was on the Internal Medicine Wards and the Surgery Department, so I was able to see cases of TB, malaria and meningitis and even a caesarean section! We were also given medical lectures from the doctors at the hospital on topics such as congestive cardiac failure.
In our spare time we visited an orphanage where most of the children had lost their parents to HIV. Despite this, they appeared amazingly resilient and friendly. It was a pleasure to be able to spend time with the children. I also visited an ancient site near an old gorge which was stunning. There were also many mountains and spectacular scenery in all directions and I had the opportunity to visit a Masai market where you could buy paintings and local handicrafts. I feel privileged to have had this amazing opportunity to visit Tanzania and the memories will stay with me forever.”
Everyone at Framlingham College is extremely proud of Claire and George Castle for spending their own time to make a difference to something they both believe in.
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George Castle Completes Work Experience In India
Year 12 student George Castle has just returned from spending his half-term break acquiring work experience in Rajasthan, northern India, to gain insight into the work of doctors in the Indian healthcare system.
He shadowed the Internal Medicine and Intensive Care teams of the Goyal hospital in Jodhpur, and also observed General Surgery there. The hospital outpatient work included exposure to patients suffering from chest conditions like emphysema and tuberculosis. This experience also enables him to gain an ASDAN Universities Award.
India is impoverished. A third of the world’s poor live in India, more than the 26 poorest African nations combined. Also 42% of India’s children below the age of three are malnourished, almost twice the 28% of sub-Saharan Africa. India is ranked third in the world among the countries with the most number of HIV infected people.
George also spent time at the local orphanage, and attended five local Hindu wedding ceremonies.
Jodhpur is a bustling city of magnificent palaces, colourful temples and ancient forts. George travelled 25 minutes to the hospital each day by three-wheeled auto-rickshaw, witnessing many accidents on their chaotic roads, and also avoiding collisions with the wandering sacred cattle, camels and elephants.
It was an incredible experience, mixing different cultures, cuisine and language.
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