2022 February Update! Very Productive!
The new medical clinic is located in the remote village of Morowaya, Guinea, West Africa where Bolokada Conde grew up and where his friends and family still live.
Elke Bachmann, RN, MSN, CNM, our maternal/child liaison traveled to Morowaya to establish a relationship with the clinic. She and Sekouba worked together for many hours with Bolokada doing all the translations. A needs assessment survey was conducted and relationships with government officials were established. This was a very productive visit.
The ultimate goal is to partner with a university global health unit (possibly Wake Forrest) to develop a women's and infant health medical exchange program.
Sekouba Saran Conde
Sekouba Conde grew up in Morowaya, studied
Medicine and Public Health at a university in Conakry.
He has moved to the village to organize and officially open this clinic.
Elke Bachmann, RN, MSN, CNM
Lead Midwife Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Elke is a Certified Nurse Midwife with 25 years of experience in maternal and infant health care. She received her midwifery training at the Frontier Nursing University. It is the nation’s oldest and most respected midwifery program and arose from the Frontier Nursing Service, which was founded to improve health care delivery to underserved, rural populations. She was recently on the clinical faculty of the Yale School of Nursing, is currently Lead Midwife at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and works as a subject matter expert and content writer for major publishers in medical and nursing education. In addition to her work in education and at large teaching institutions with level III nurseries, she has extensive experience with out-of-hospital birth, emergency care in obstetrics, maternal, and newborn transfer.
These are photos of the clinic building and some of the villagers who have gathered to offer prayers of thanks and hope.
The Minister of Health has sent word to Bolokada that the Guinea government is interested in partnering with Morowaya to ensure the success of this clinic. At this time a written agreement is being drafted that may include monetary support for the doctor!
A Doctor and Medical Clinic for Morowaya
Bolokada has lost two children to diseases that were treatable if there were better access to healthcare. Earlier this year he lost his son Balla, to diabetes and a few years ago he lost his daughter Delly, to epilepsy.
Diabetes is on the rise in Guinea most likely due to poor nutrition and common illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea and yellow fever are caused by insects bites and parasites. Other prevalent health concerns in this area of Guinea are infections due to lacerations, respiratory infections, and sickness brought on by childbirth for mothers and their newborn babies.
The "Friends" have thoughtfully prepared a step-by-step plan allowing time to measure the progress, make adjustments and move forward. Great progress has been made. The building is complete and Sekouba has moved in.
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