Kisumu, April 2015
“You will be back to visit us,” is what the clinical staff at Lumumba Health Centre told me upon finishing my two months in Kisumu in the fall of 2014. Little did I know that in April 2015 their prediction would become true as I returned for a month rotation in Cervical Cancer Screening. The reasons for returning were plentiful: Gaining clinical experience in Kenya is a great way to build a solid foundation for what global health looks like, working with the FACES staff is both fun and educational and, lastly, I can impact patients and clinical staff through working here.
Having briefly rotated through Cervical Cancer Screening during my first visit, I knew it was an area where I could make an impact. Given that almost 50% of cervical cancer cases in Kenya end in death it is clear that implementation of national screening guidelines are in desperate need of improvement. As I returned, my goal was to leave the healthcare workers here better trained on the guidelines and interpretation of cervical cancer screening.
As I returned, I was again reminded of the challenges that FACES health care workers encounter on a daily basis: the overwhelming amount of patients coupled with the complex and advanced pathology that most patients present. In short, FACES healthcare workers have earned my highest level of clinical respect. As I began my training in Cervical Cancer Screening, my efforts were met with enthusiasm and gratitude that I did not expect. Wanting to do better by their patients, the staff welcomed the extra pair of hands that could see patients and were asking for more training on issues regarding women’s health. Overall, it was, again, a great and invaluable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in global health.