I started off my morning rushing to a meeting which never ended up happening… and then hanging out at the Kazangula office, trying to make something out a bummer morning (which I ended doing — getting employment data! Yay for cameras and taking pictures of documents!). And, as I was about to leave and have some internet time, a group of about six employees asked me if I wanted to come along to 8 rural health care centers to deliver measles vaccines. Um – YES!
This will be one for the books — 6 hours in a Land Cruiser (ABSOLUTELY required) and 3 hours of stops. What an amazing experience… Earlier in the week, I had spent the day at a different RHC and getting to see nine more was like the cherry on top of my ice cream :). My driver called the roads an “African Massage.” Hah. I called it a car sickness inducing, sucker punch every five minutes (from the seat belt), dusty DUSTY dusty, crammed, amazing view of what is possible in rural health care. I got to meet the workers in the centers, see how it is to deliver supplies (and the importance of cold-chain delivery), understand the challenges, and take the inherent beauty of the African Savannah.
Happy Birthday to me indeed.
I ended up around 830pm at night at my favorite Livingstone haunt, Olga’s for a cold beer, a WHOLE pizza, yummy chocolate dessert, and internet and phone connections. Thanks for the birthday wishes — they meant a lot!
I headed back to my tent at 930pm as I had a 430am wake-up call to make the bus for my next destination, Monze.