Sunday, September 16, 2012

Screening day and a blast from the past

On screening day in Conakry, Guinea the crowds seemed to go on and on. 

My job was the Infant Feeding station and see any babies that the surgeons thought might be too small for surgery.

This little girl only weighs a little over 2 kilograms.
Suilaman when he came to the infant feeding program.
After a couple of months he was fat, happy and had his lip fixed. 
The best part of screening day was when I spotted this mom and baby. Suilaman was one of the first babies I had in the Infant feeding program in Sierra Leone over a year and a half ago and was significantly malnourished. His mom was one of my favorite people in Sierra Leone and always took really good care of him and did everything I told her. He fattened up quickly and got surgery for his cleft lip but he still needed his cleft palate fixed when he was a year old. I was hoping she would show up on screening day and late in the day I spotted her! It made such a difference for me to be able to see Suilaman over a year old, fat and happy. 

Some Memories of Togo

Having been here in Guinea for a few weeks now I was thinking recently that I never really put up any of my photos of Togo. Every West African country I've been to feels and looks a little different, even if there are many things that are the same. So far Guinea has a feel and look I can't quite describe yet. Here are some of my favorite photos from Togo.

Esther's kitchen

Political rally on the beach road in Lome

Sculpture made of seashells on the beach in Lome

Shoe seller in Lome

Sorting palm nuts at one of the Agriculture teaching sites

Togo Infant Feeding Program

Here is a little update from the field service in Togo, which ended in May. This is a little late but here are the before and after photos of the babies who were in the Infant Feeding Program. The last two photos on the right are of two babies who could not get surgery because of health issues they were born with.