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3rd week

Wowee I'm way behind on my blog but I just haven't had any time...just too busy having fun :) But for my third week of the internship I spent my time at two rural clinics, Malakazi and Mariannhill, then I spent a day at the Blue Roof Clinic which is a clinic that was started by Alicia Keys to help fight HIV/AIDS in Durban. Malakazi and Mariannhill were quite a different experience. They are tiny rural clinics that take care of the poorer townships and it is ran by nurses (called Sisters in South Africa). The doctor only shows up about once a month and it just blows my mind how this type of facility works. On the first day I was there observing for about 4 hours and the Sister saw about 40 patients. The patients are in and out. Of the 40 patients coming into the clinic that first day about 37 of them got an injection of some sort in their butt. Many of them did not need them but the sisters could not refuse to give patients injections because basically every person asked for one. This is where you see the differences in the level of care and lack of education among the population. The people believe that injections are the ultimate cure for everything and so they just rely on those to help them out. Because of this many people do not take other medications that are given to them properly...bad news. Even though things are this way it is very impressive to see how these clinics are ran. These clinics are doing really well with trying to educate the people as much as they can with flyers and posters so that is nice to see. These clinics see a lot of HIV+ people and one really beneficial thing that these clinics have is counseling for them. Compared to what I have heard about their health care system in the past, South Africa is doing a great job on trying to get rid of the stigma behind HIV and AIDS. More people are getting tested, realizing that they can live a good life with this disease, and also the community is becoming more supportive and that is so awesome for South Africa!!! Im very happy that I was able to experience a week in these clinics, very eye opening.

Posted by mertzabby 10:38

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I saw on a documentary about the thought of curing everthing with a injection.

by MertzTBPM

Glad to see that there's been more to your experience than just club-hopping! :) JUST KIDDING!!! Seriously, it sounds like you are doing some amazing work. We are SOOOO proud of you!

by rmertz

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