WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
I look after TB out patients I have a team of 4 Healthcare Workers who go out into the community and visit TB patients on the continuing therapy. Plus I have one assistant who helps me to keep on top of paperwork. We monitor patients attending for their medicines and if they miss a day we follow up.
We also check for children in the household and screen those under 5 years old for TB, initiating treatment if necessary. We work closely with our friends in the HIV program, making sure all our TB patients have access to HIV testing, and also offering TB screening to the HIV patients. We follow national guidelines and have strong links with the Ministry of Health TB Team
WHY DID YOU WANT TO WORK/VOLUNTEER AT BPC?
When I left high school in 2005 I came to BPC as a volunteer, I was interested to help Dr Dan to improve health in our community. After 4 yrs Dr Dan helped me to find a scholarship to study on a program in Australia, and I improved my English for one year.
When I returned I came again as a volunteer in 2010. Dr Dan asked me to focus on TB program giving medicines to the people who came every day, it is called DOTS (Direct Observed Therapy). I then was encouraged to get more involved in outreach and community monitoring through some of our mobile clinics on a project supported by our friends GASPORTO in Portugal.
During the last year I have worked really hard with our 2nd Doctor and our TB Sub Committee and our Board members to make our programme more efficient and finally we got a grant to expand the programme to reach more people and to find people who fall out of treatment so I was offered the role of Coordinator.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
I am very lucky that our previous 2nd Doctor has offered to support me to go to school and study public health, I will commence part time study in January. I am also doing an online course in Epidemiology, for five weeks. I want to get more experience and competence as a manager and to improve the outcome for our patients, but also to get into prevention.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T AT BPC?
I used to play basket ball with a group from school, but now I am studying I need to focus my free time on my studies. On weekends I hang out at home and help my Mum to clean our house