I had the opportunity to be at the 'weighing station' where a scale (resembling produce scales back home) was hung from a door frame. Moms provided their own slings and would hang their child, and I would then record the weight. Each mom provided me with their child's health record book (which they are expected to keep safe at home). Nicole was ensuring the children's records were up to date, and kept track of trends in regards to weight and amount of attendees. Specifically, Nicole was determining which children were of normal weight - unfortunately, all of the children were moderately to severely underweight.
The children were shy, but so adorable. Many school aged children were waiting outside the clinic the entire time we were in there as they wanted to know our names and say hello (this is common here - we feel like celebrities!) The moms were then provided with a 'health promotion talk' regarding child nutrition. One of the women attending the clinic was considered their leader, so she was speaking on behalf of the mothers and would pose and answer questions to the nurses in English. She would then relay the information back to the women in Twi (the local language). It was nice to see this kind of advocacy on behalf of the women in the village.
During the clinic, Philomena asked the women in attendance why there were no men present. The answer was that it is not that they did not want to attend, but that they were working in the farms .in preparation for the following day's Market.
We then checked the child's immunization records and proceeded to assist the outreach nurses in preparing the vaccinations. We were taught the technique and landmarks of child vaccinations - the nurses are very experienced and knowledgeable. We definitely learned a lot!
Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and it was a nice change from the routine of the clinic in Enchi!
Samaya and Nicole.