While most of the European countries again are facing an increase of COVID-19 cases and restrictions on social interaction once again is becoming the norm, Sierra Leone is getting back to normal. The virus is still present, but there has been a significant decrease of cases. Inter-district travel restrictions were lifted on the 24th of June and Lungi Airport has been open for international travel since the 9th of July.
For CapaCare and the Surgical Training Program this meant that we again could welcome out international trainers. The planned intake of students in April 2020 had been postponed due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, but we are happy to inform that we now are back on track. Dr.Katja and Dr. Lesley were present welcome the 22nd batch of students included in the program and they started their training on the 14th of September.
Among the seven selected are two students from the newly formed Makeni School of Clinical Sciences(MSCS). We hope that this is the start of a fruitful collaboration between MSCS and CapaCare, as both organizations hope to improve the quality of healthcare worker training and education in Sierra Leone. We extend a warm welcome to all our new students and wish them all the best in the challenging time to come.
From left to right, above: Abdul, Musa(MD at Masanga Hospital), Justin, Gangha, Abibatu, Thomas, Samuel and Jorki. Below: Katja and Hassan(SACHO trainer)