Our fourth clinic day was another good, smooth day. The team has figured out a routine and flow that works well. Our morning routine brings us to the clinic by about 9:30am each day. We leave our hotel at 8am, stop to pick up the Tanzanian healthcare workers, and then drive to Kahe. The noise on the bus has grown throughout the week as conversations and chatter occur amongst the team. They're great sounds to hear! After our safety huddle and morning prayer, we begin to see patients by about 10-10:30am. The local pastors and workers staying in Kahe have the school all set up and ready for our use by the time we arrive. The patients who registered the day prior are usually sitting in their benches in the proper order waiting for registration when we arrive, and then the crowd of other expectant patients grows throughout the day.
The past few days have brought several challenging situations that our team holds in prayer. People who are viewed as less than normal by societal standards are often shunned and outcast. This leads to very challenging situations and lifestyles for these families. We have met several developmentally disabled children, a couple of people with albinism, and a severely malnourished child. We have worked to connect them with local resources for both spiritual and physical care. It is eye-opening and heartbreaking to observe the struggle.
As we prepare for our final day of clinic, we pray that we will see the patients in greatest need of care. We look forward to continued service here where God has called us to be in Kahe, Tanzania.