Tuesday started with devotions at the Child Rescue Centre, followed by a joint meeting of leadership to solve campus wide infrastructure issues, and a trip to the District Health Office to speak with the DMO. I was reminded that the bugaboos of program administration, organizational management are universal and life is a process of constant negotiation.
The afternoon, however, brought more uplifting silo-busting collaborations, as we met with the Drs. Kabba, two German trained doctors working at Gilas Children's Hospital, to discuss ways that Gila and Mercy medical teams could work together to serve patients, several immediate decisions resulted in improved care outcomes for patients that very day, and two improvements to the electronic medical records system that Mercy Hospital is piloting. This system is the only one of its kind in the country, and it will go on line at Mercy in 30 to 60 days, transforming care there, and demonstrating a attainable higher standard for care management in Sierra Leone. For a nerd like me, this is dream to see it launch.
Hats off to the incredible team who had the vision and talent to develop this system.
I'm really starting to sense a trend in this mission trip. Sustainable Development Goal No. 17. Look it up!