Today was filled with teaching, learning, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of laughter. The Malawian Community Health Workers bring joy to learning through their interactive and social learning style. The day started by greeting Community Health Workers who traveled miles by foot to learn about physiotherapy approaches to palliative care. These workers volunteer their time and services to help their villages and those with chronic or life-threatening diseases.
The highlight of the day was teaching the volunteers physiotherapy skills, such as cane walking and bed mobility. It was team approach. Elisa was a fantastic patient letting the volunteers practice their skills. Kristen acted as the physical therapist in demonstrations, helping correct form. Carolyn presented the material from the powerpoint, working alongside Alex, the Home Based Care Nurse Trainer, who translated the presentation. It was a mixture of culture working together in order to help the community. As a “Thank You” or “Zikomo” for our presentation, the volunteers sang (and we danced) in harmony.