Worked for ten weeks pro bono in India: humedica team member Henriette Hauser. Photo: humedica
Three questions to… Henriette Hauser
Besides the fast emergency aid assignments after disasters also interventions, which are planned in the long-term, are an important part of humedica´s worldwide help for people in need. Whether in terms of support for partner hospitals all over the world, the treatment of inmates or medical aid in isolated regions: regular and permanently applied support allows for assistance wherever people are not able to help themselves due to poverty or bad infrastructure.
humedica caregiver Henriette Hauser assisted for ten weeks the local staff of the Indian partner hospital Duncan. In the following interview she explains her motives for taking part in this long-term planned assignment and illustrates the real difference this support can make for the people living there.
Henriette, why did you choose as first humedica assignment to work for the Duncan hospital in India, i.e. to take part in a long-term support programme?
I think that a long-term assignment offers the opportunity to gain deeper insights and to make different personal experiences in the host country, you have the chance to experience and understand a culture in other ways. Moreover, for every kind of work the good relationship to the local co-workers is important, because so you can learn a lot and profit from each other. It is a decisive advantage to have the time to develop such relationships.
You also learn to look at things from a different perspective after having gotten over the initial “culture shock”. That helps to obtain a better understanding of the local medical care.
What were the major differences to German hospitals, what was lacking most?
Basically you have to get along with less material or rather to use it more sparingly as the patients have to pay for each syringe, cannula, infusion and everything else themselves. Also the treatment approach was different sometimes. So the families are clearly told what the patient´s possibilities and chances are and whether a treatment under the given circumstances and with the available resources seems sensible.
Naturally there also are less medical devices available than we are used to from our work in Germany starting with thermometers and blood pressure monitors up to pulse oxymeters.
Would you participate again in a long-term planned intervention?
If I have the chance, I will voluntarily join in once more! For me it was definitely the right decision to take part in a long-term planned assignment. Particularly in order to gain a more detailed insight into the medical work in a developing country during my first humanitarian service.
Thank you so much for this inside view, Henriette!
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