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A Record-Breaking Clinic Day

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A Record-Breaking Clinic Day

We were awoken this morning by one of the lodge cats, who felt it was his duty to jump in our window and rouse us all with his incessant meowing. For a room full of veterinary professionals, however, this was a welcome wake-up call (particularly as it was followed by an excellent breakfast of thin pancakes and fresh fruit).

Our alarm clock and the fantastic breakfast that followed.
Our alarm clock and the fantastic breakfast that followed.

Our alarm clock and the fantastic breakfast that followed.

In our team meeting this morning, before we broke off with our groups to continue static clinics, we found out that we had actually administered more than 2000 vaccines yesterday! So far, this year’s drive has substantially surpassed the 2017 drive. Despite the fact that many residents of Zomba attend church services on Sunday, and we were expecting fewer people to visit the clinics, one of our static clinic teams still administered 140 vaccinations, whereas on this day last year, 98 vaccinations were administered.

The weather was pleasant today, but a bit chilly. I spent the day with my team at the Mvuu static clinic, which we set up outside in the shade—it was a nice change from the Oklahoma heat I’m accustomed to this time of year. Tomorrow, we start walking door-to-door to administer vaccinations, and I’m sure we’ll start to feel the heat more then.

I picked up a bit more Chichewa today! My group taught me how to ask the pet owner if his or her pet is male (wamuna) or female (wamukazi).

I’ve had such a great time working with this team so far—they have such drive and compassion for this project

We’ve started sharing photos with each other via What’s App during the day, so we’ve been able to keep in touch after we split into our smaller groups. Some of the static locations had breathtaking views! 

I’ve had such a great time working with this team so far—they have such drive and compassion for this project, and they make a great team. Excited for tomorrow and our first day trekking door-to-door!—Jessie Foley

JESSIE FOLEY has a degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College, as well as a degree in advertising and public relations from University of Arkansas. She was previously on the veterinary nurse team at University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Foley plays a key role in Brief Media's partnership with Mission Rabies. In 2018, she joined the Mission Rabies vaccine drive in Malawi for her third year.

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