Posted by: thekingfamilyinRwanda | October 15, 2013

October 15th, 2013

We had a bit of a “divide and conquer” week. I had a Family Medicine workshop in the eastern part of the country, so I left on Monday for Rwinkwavu. The theme was “Maternal and Child Health Care.” All three of our residents are doing their final theses on something to do with Maternal or Child health care. We were also joined by 5 medical students and 2 interns, which added to the discussions.

FAMCO Workshop on Maternal and Child Health

FAMCO Workshop on Maternal and Child Health

One resident is doing his thesis on Pre Natal Care, the second is doing his on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (during or after childbirth), and the third is doing his on Malnutrition in School Aged Children.

Dr. Bosco talks about malnutrition

Dr. Bosco talks about malnutrition

These are important issues for Rwanda, which has made great strides in these areas, but still has a lot of room for improvement. About one in 13 children in Rwanda dies before his/her 5th birthday. The residents gave lectures, as well as other lecturers, including myself. We had some practical training in the pediatrics ward,

Dr. Debbie teaches on the newborn exam

Dr. Debbie teaches on the newborn exam

and we got to see the agriculture project sponsored by Partners in Health, to help families with malnourished children have better access to food.

Caleb stayed home with the kids, with help from Sarah Jane and Jesse. On Thursday, he and I met up in Kigali, and then I took him to the airport on Friday morning, to go to Kenya to meet up with Sara, Hannah and Caleb Jr  for their midterm break. All reports were favorable, and Caleb is on his way back as I write this.

Visitors from the Church of the Resurrenction, with a gift from their kids to our kids

Sunday was a big day-Lydia’s 11th birthday! We went to church, where they prayed for her, had Sunday School, with some special visitors from the Church of the Resurrection, and then had a picnic on a beautiful day, near the Volcano National Park. Later on we had a small birthday celebration, with games, cake and a movie-Tangled!  We had a surprise visitor, Dina, who helped take care of Lydia when she was little and is one the main reasons she speaks Kinyarwanda so well.

Dina and her daughter come for the birthday party

Dina and her daughter come for the birthday party

We missed Caleb and the RVA contingent, but it was a day of celebration nevertheless for a special girl.

All the traveling in African conditions can be a bit frightening so, we remember the words of Psalm 4: 8  “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Amen

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  1. thx a lot for the workshop!!!
    be blessed by the Lord!


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