It has been a week and a half since my last blog post and what an eventful week and a half it has been! We left Dar es Salaam to go on Safari and next we moved onto a small city called Iringa which is about an 8.5 hour drive west from Dar es Salaam. I must admit that it was nice to get away from the busy atmosphere of the big city and get a break from the intense and unforgiving heat for a few days. Iringa has a certain unique charm that made me feel welcomed in the city wherever I went including the local restaurants, markets, and health care centers. Being able to see the view of the beautiful mountains reminded me of home while the cultural music from the churches and the public meetings of people in the street was a new but comforting experience. Overall, my impression of Iringa is positive and this was best exemplified by the nursing teaching sessions at the Aga Khan Medical Center.
My classmates and I taught the same modules as we did in Dar es Salaam but this time we got to present for many nurses from Iringa and surrounding areas. My module was focussed on newborn care and common newborn illnesses. These module topics were requested by the nurses in Dar es Salaam and were prepared by us in Calgary before our departure to Tanzania. Teaching the material in Iringa was different than our teaching sessions in Dar es Salaam and I think it is safe to say that we all learned how to be flexible and adapt our presentation based on our audience. From this experience, I would like to discuss some things I have learned about sharing knowledge internationally and how it relates to maternal and child health.
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