Working with joy, motivation and pride

by Dr. Hans-Arnold Breuer,  2010/11/23

For a period of four weeks Dr Hans-Arnold Breuer worked at the humedica hospital in Kollo, Niger, and besides treating patients suffering from malaria he also cared for numerous undernourished children. What impressed him most at the beginning of his mission was the development of the hospital.

This is already the second humedica mission in Niger for Dr Hans-Arnold Breuer – and he was impressed by the development of the hospital. Photo: humedica/Simone Winneg

“When assisting the meningitis vaccination campaign in Niger in May last year, I spent only little time at the hospital in Kollo, since back then, we travelled almost only to the surrounding villages in the bush in order to offer medical treatment there.

When I returned to Kollo for my current mission, I returned to a hospital that amazed and inspired me. It is solidly built and designed appropriately for the individual working processes.

The majority of the in-patient rooms, the examination rooms for out-patients, the laboratory, the pharmacy and the central supply depot dispose of an air conditioning system – in a country where temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius occur regularly each year this is an invaluable and important, and certainly also comfortable advantage.

However, what convinced and impressed me most was the way patients accept and trust the humedica hospital. This is certainly also a result of the fact that all our team members treat the patients exceptionally friendly and attentively.

Also among the team a friendly and familiar atmosphere prevails which indicates how cheerful, motivated and proud the members of the hospital staff go about their work. I was pleased to experience this atmosphere also when working together with my two local colleagues Frank and Yacouba.

When I went on this mission to Niger, the wet season was still in its final stage. Therefore the most common disease I treated was malaria – one in two or three children were suffering from this disease. Malaria also was the reason for most of our in-patients to be treated at our hospital.

Immediately after my arrival, I was at first presented to the “favourites” of the in-patient ward. With substantial pride and pleasure I was shown two premature, underweight twins who had been born with a body weight of only 900 and 1000 grams. After three months of permanent care at the hospital, they had reached a body weight of more than 3000 grams and were developing completely normally.

Thanks to the care of Dr Hans-Arnold Breuer and other medical team members, the twins are doing well. Photo: humedica/Hans-Arnold Breuer

Apart from these mostly motivating and wonderful experiences and encounters, I was, however, also particularly moved by the sad fate of one of our young patients. The little child was brought to us with severe scalds on his left hand.

Already one week had passed since the accident and in the meantime large parts of the hand, including three fingers, had lost any feeling. We referred the little patient to a surgeon, but very probably the hand could not be saved due the severity of scalding.

Apart from working at the humedica hospital, we also committed ourselves to the complex nutrition programme for severely undernourished children in Kollo and surroundings, which is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

At this point I would also like to express special thanks to humedica coordinator Simone Winneg. Thanks to her in particular these two projects have been highly successfully. With her untiring motivation, her kindness, her willingness to help all the team members, and her cheerfulness, she was an example to all of us.

We owe her an unforgettable mission and wish all the best to the future of the project and the people whose lives could be saved thanks to it.

Kind regards,

Yours Arnold Breuer”

Our coordinator Simone Winneg puts all her strength and energy into the projects in Niger. Thanks to your support, dear friends and sponsors, we can continue our commitment in the country that is weakened by poverty and hunger. Thank you very much for your donations!

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Please also take advantage of the possibility of donating online for our commitment in Niger or make a donation by means of sending a text message: simply send DOC to +49 8 11 90. You will be charged 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica projects.

Apart from medical help, patients at the humedica hospital receive something else: kindness and understanding at any time. Photo: humedica/Anna Zwick

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