I think that I might become obessed with Timor. I have to say though that it’s been such an amazing experience reliving the stories with people who don’t know how to respond and processing everything that I have talked about. If you need to get caught up on everything check out A Life Changer–Timor.
During my time up at Bakhita Centre I got to spend lots of time in the Clinic–Where ALL the MAGIC happens!
This is the front of the clinic. There are many times when there’s huge waiting lines of people..mainly on Monday mornings. Honestly people would walk 2-3 hours to come to the clinic. There was a little boy who had fallen into a fire and burned his hand, arm, side, and leg. His mother walked 2 1/2 hours each way…every other day…to bring him to the clinic to get treatment. The alternative is a costly (and unlikely) trip to the hospital or traditional medicine. TM was crushed up leaves placed over the burns.
This is the main reception area.
This is the ‘input data’ computer. Anders, cause he’s a tech nerd/computer geek, created a program/database. It’s pretty cool because they can track patient demographics, different types of treaments, etc. It’s great information to have for this area.
This is the Emergancy Room. This is where I got my wound cleaned.
This is Betty. She loves rubbing alcohol into wounds. She’s been to America to learn English and most of her skills have been self-taught or intermittently trained through visiting people. To get her to Indonesia for nursing school is a little BIG goal of mine!
Much of the supplies that are at Bakhita are from Australia.
This is the ‘maternity ward’. Most babies aren’t born at the clinic, instead women opt to have their babies at home. However, if need be there is a birthing facility. Addtionally, the trained mid-wife, Adhi, lives right next door to the clinic. She travels to deliver babies and check up on women.
This is basically a ‘when’s the mother due’ calendar. Each pocket is a different month and each strip is a different mother. Clever!
These are also clever and very easy to use. There is a measuring ‘stick’ for babies and expectant mother’s upper arms. They measure, based upon a scale of age the health of the baby.
The dental services at Bakhita are looking to be pretty secure for the next yearish. Donna is going to be doing dental work there. It’s great because she is trying to get all of the local school children to the dentist. Many of them need teeth/tooth extractions. Most Timorese have gorgeous teeth honestly. Further, Donna is training the staff with dental assitant knowledge.
This is the ambulance that Bakhita was granted through the Japanese Government.
The Guard Dog: Shiver