Back to the Heat

We had a pleasant and useful time in both Adelaide and Melbourne before flying on to Honiara. We were able to discuss past and future projects for Helena Goldie Hospital and College of Nursing. Jenny moved on to Munda on Wednesday; Graham has spent three days in Honiara, mainly in the various hospital departments, meeting old colleagues and discussing plans for this year. By chance a general surgeon was in the hospital today who visited H.G.H. in September 2009 with the Loloma Foundation and we were able to discuss a number of issues regarding hospital services, future surgical tours to the West Province and some aspects of public health.

It was inevitably a shock to arrive here with temperatures over 30 degress centigrade, but the sea breezes do help by day. The road in Honiara are busier than they were, with more H.G.V.’s than before. Currently there is a team from Australia & U.S. at the National Referral Hospital teaching endoscopy to some of the doctors here.

2 thoughts on “Back to the Heat

  1. Daphne Brown

    Hello Jenny!
    Just a few lines to let you know I am thinking of you and hoping all is well with you; are you getting back into the swing of things after your furlough Is it still called that? We’ve had snow here and floods but it’s back to normal now. My life must seem very humdrum in comparison to yours but it’s good to know where you are Well I think I know where you are… locating people in far off climes is one of my ambitions! Have not yet been to the Antipodes but it is something I would like to do. It is Thursday afternoon and am looking after a young girl after school and then will take her to Taekwondo classes At present I am in the library writing this so will sign off for now. I seem to have lost sight of her. Keep in touch when you have time! Keep cool!
    Love Daphne

  2. Porfirio Massey

    “It really is incredible that a patient can arrive at the eye clinic blind and leave the next day with their sight restored,” said Mr Ramsden. “I am particularly impressed to see that the majority of the visiting team are Solomon Islanders who have come home to provide eye care to their own people.”Four out of five people living in the Pacific who are blind don’t have to be, and The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ trains Pacific eye health workers to restore sight in their own communities.


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