Karen Longenecker, RRT (L) and Pam Null, RN(R)
In my two week experience I can hope that the best possible care will be provided by a compassionate, caring staff, but they are limited to the facility, equipment and supplies at their disposal: water drawn from a 55 gallon drum with an old coffee pot. There is no point in training mothers in procedures, such as bottle-feeding, since compliance will be out of the question. Sterilization is so far off that one does not know where to begin, but just remember that virtually everything is potentially reusable. At least there is a better chance that in a hospital the equipment will be cleaned properly. If we can train one unit on neonatal care, it would be like a pebble dropped in a pond where the ripple effect would grow and spread throughout the country.
The point is not to be critical, rather to hopefully open your eyes. There is a huge need for those who feel compelled to do something. Simply, I see that I cannot change the world, but Karen (Longenecker) and I have found that there are a few small things that we can do to help a single facility.
We know that that would make an enormous impact on improving the chances that would directly support the neonatal caregivers at Jimma University Hospital, and those whom they serve. “We can change the world one thought at a time, one baby at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, one city, one state and one country at a time. And the time is NOW!”
– Pamela Null, R.N.