Marie-Louise Vrang

Position: Medical doctor, urological ward

When did you stay at Masanga?
13. of March to 25. of March 2012

What was your motivation for going to Masanga?
I had heard about the project from Haakon Bolkan and I found it very exiting and I wanted to contribute. I though it would be a great experience to travel to Sierra Leone and to try to teach ultrasound in a very different setting.

What was your first meeting with Masanga like?
I found it hard to see the very ill patients and the very small means in the hospital. At the same time it was very encouraging to see that the staff was working hard and especially the STP students were very enthusiastic about their work and studies.

What was your main duties while at the hospital?
I was teaching the STP student basic abdominal ultrasound. We went through the different organs: liver and gall bladder, spleen, kidneys and bladder, the genitals and also the pregnant woman.

What have you learned from this experience?
I have learned more about the difference between cultures and countries. I have learned about Sierra Leone and its people. I am thinking more about the expences of the medical care in this part of the world compared to other parts like Sierra Leone.

What is your advice to others that are thinking about going to Sierra Leone and Masanga?
I think it was a very good experience but also a tough one. You have to be prepared for a very poor country and a health care system where the possibilities are very small compared to Denmark or Norway. It is also a very rewarding experience especially because the STP students are very eager to learn and are very positive.