02.08.2010 - 04.08.2010
This is my last week in Durban before I head to Cape Town. I am very sad to leave some of the great people that I have met here but I've told them that I would be back someday.
On Monday, Stella and I went to the Blue Roof Clinic. The Blue Roof clinic used to be a night club in Wentworth. Wentworth is a district near the beach which is South of Durban. The night club closed down and Alicia Keys bought the place and renovated the place into a HIV therapy clinic. Now, she funds the clinic which had one doctor, two nurses, a staff of 8 and 1500 patients. This clinic was well maintained and beautiful. We met the cook who said that Alicia Keys comes to the clinic to visit when she is in the country. It sounds like she is really motivated to help those who have HIV. After that, we went out into the community to visit some patients. We gave one patient a walker and then we went to a home that was a 24 hour care for those who get too sick and are unable to take care of themselves. We got back to Blue Roof and met the doctor who was done seeing patients for the day. We left soon after and then went to Victoria Street Market.
On Tuesday, Abby, Stella and I went to the Chatsworth Hospice. The hospice is a privately funded hospice. The donations are from the people in the community and the hospice is nicer than some of the hospitals. The nurses were very nice as well. We went out to visit patients in their homes. Most of the patients we saw were well but one was having trouble due to his brain tumor. We did some physical therapy with him and showed him some other exercises for him to practice. After our visits, we went to Dr. Nair's office. Dr. Nair is a private primary health doctor who works with the hospice. He told us his background and all of his jokes. He also made fun of me for thinking that bunny chow is actually bunny. Bunny chow is not bunny. It's chicken curry in bread. Anyway, after work we went to the FIFA store and then home.
Today and tomorrow a group of us are attending this tuberculosis conference. Today it was very interesting and the food they served was great. Tonight I'm going to the aquarium, tomorrow we say goodbye to our coordinators, Friday we say goodbye to our families and on Saturday I go to Cape Town!!!! Talk to you when I'm at the cape!