|Doctors going through biopsy techniques|
We felt privileged to have so many doctors as there was a nationwide strike going on while we were there. The junior doctors are paid relatively little ($500/month) and get some remuneration for overtime but it amounts to very little given that many of them are on call every other week. Their hours are a long way from reaching the regulated hours worked by doctors in most other countries.
|Dr Anna Nyakabau, Dr Jenny Edge, Dr Maita Mvere|
|Lieske, Faniso, Junior|
Lieske ran a parallel session focussing on lymphoedema management. She was joined by Junior Mavu and Faniso Mdenda. They are 2 trained lymphoedema therapists in Harare. There are currently very few trained lymphoedema therapists in Zimbabwe, this makes the management of lymphoedema very difficult. Many nurses have not heard of lymphoedema and if they have, they often do not know that there is management for the patient.
|Junior bandaging Enia's arm|
Lieske discussed the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and went through some exercises that the nurses can teach their patients. Junior went through basic lymphoedema management including a bandaging example. Faniso went through risk reduction steps. They ended off with a discussion re wound care.
We had 131 health care professionals from various hospitals and clinics participate over the 2 days. On returning to Cape Town, Lieske received an email from one of the nurses, Enia Mutenga, who said that they ran an HIV campaign shortly after the course and that they did breast examinations on many of the women due to the training they received. Thank you Enia, a lovely message to receive!