The BI Community Caregivers are hard at work training at the Zingisa Rehabilitation Centre in Mthatha.  The facility cares for a variety of patients including the elderly, mentally ill, stroke victims, burn victims, patients with severe wounds, people with epilepsy, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Nomzingisi and the 8 caregivers arrived at the end of June and were prepared to stay for three months of training.  The program has now been switched to a 6 week power course with the trainees working 7 days a week and sometimes nights!  The program consists of weekly class work followed by a week of practical work and getting hands-on experience with the patients including bathing, feeding, dispensing medication, treating wounds, and replacing bandages.

The caregivers are working hard and learning lots of valuable skills. Nomzingisi takes a break in her busy day in the trainee ward.

Classwork focuses on a variety of topics involving palliative care. Today’s topic: preventing and treating bed sores.

The caregivers are exhausted from the intense work schedule but they are happy to be learning and gaining experience they can take back to their village.  Learning how to care for severe wounds and burns, although at times gruesome, was especially fascinating.  The caregivers only have a few weeks left of training and we are eager to have them back in the village ready to demonstrate their knowledge of palliative care to the community.  Keep up the hard work!

Trainees busy doing laundry for the patients.