Helen Francis is a journalist with a national newspaper. Every week she writes an article for the newspaper.
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The 1st of January 2004
Sad news from head office concerning our work in Africa. Unfortunately, we've closed our mobile clinics in Ethiopia because of severe financial problems.Last year, we ran ten health centres in Africa but, this year, we've received very little money and we can't continue to offer medical services across the continent. We've decided to close the two Ethiopian centres and we hope to raise more money ...
Working here is the best thing I've ever done. When I worked in the UK I got bored with the daily routine, but out here I find every day interesting and demanding. I'm working in a small clinic in the middle of the jungle and I've never done such important work before. The villagers in this region can't get to government hospitals, so this clinic is the only hope they have. I usually do about two operations a day and, so far, in my time here, I've probably saved about a hundred lives. When your work is very important, you ...
The lack of food and poor diet in this region cause many of the health problems for the local people. We wanted to reduce their need for doctors like us so, on 1st January 2004, we decided to educate the local people about the effects of malnutrition. Finally, after many years of planning and raising money, in January of this year, we started a training programme. So far, we've trained 500 people. By the end of the year, that number will be 1,000. Vera is doing the course at the moment. This course has given me many new skills. Before, I didn't know how to help people in my village. Now, I'm sure I can make adifference.'Vera finishes the course next week and then she'll return to her village ...
I often work for IMA and I've worked in Kenya, Nepal and Peru. However, my current position, here in Sri Lanka, is perhaps the most difficult job I've had so far. Last year, an earthquake hit this area and this caused a massive amount of damage. I've never seen so much destruction before. I help the doctors in a couple of clinics - one here and another in a smaller village about ten kilometres away. I see people with diseases and serious injuries. Today I've seen forty patients, and I don't finish work for another four hours. These are busy days indeed. I started work at seven ...