Kate and I in Durban.
Jedd (Kate's oldest son) and me on the beach.
These are the huts from a distance.
Kate also showed me current database being used by IOP and the new improved one she is working on. It was all so impressive and very extensive! Hopefully in the near future IOP will have Ipads for all the health workers and doctors to make collecting health data so much easier for all. The ideas bouncing around this place just make me realize how different and innovative this project is from anything else in the world.
Food Packages for the IOP members
IOP members lining up for their food packages.I spent the rest of the week working with doctors, Rick and Anita. Rick and Anita are training 4 or 5 "health workers" in all the different orphan communities that IOP is supporting. The health workers are females ranging from late teens to early thirties that are interesting in making a difference in their communities. Rick and Anita have trained them to do HIV testing, blood glucose testing, and blood pressure testing. They have set them all up with their personal testing kits and the health workers go out into their communities and test anyone and everyone who wants it. Anita taught me to do the tests as well, so over the next few weeks I will be going out with the health workers and making sure the testing is going okay.
As well as the HIV, blood glucose and blood pressure screening, Rick and Anita were looking to expand their screening to include BMI testing and also educating the communities about obesity, diabetes, and healthy eating. They had made some starts with it and we actually spent two mornings last week in the communities educating the health workers. After many exciting discussions with Anita I took on the role of coming up with a training plan for the health workers. I just finished it this evening. Soon the health workers will be going out into their communities and measuring BMI, educating on obesity and diabetes, and analyzing people's diets and giving suggestions for healthier eating plans.
In one of the community gardens where these women are growing sunflowers for sunflower oil production.