It’s interesting that after working here for two years, many of the most inspirational people I work with primarily speak a different language than me. On my program in Vietnam, I met so many incredible individuals that I now can call my friends. I am just astounded by the passion they show for women’s healthcare. So far in Vietnam, over 40,000 women have been screened in 4 years. But this number cannot express the care that is taken everyday to make sure this program succeeds. Dr. Dzung, the Director of Reproductive Health, is one such individual who would venture out on a boat that would take an entire day’s ride, practiced “See & Treat” women on the tiny islands that lack healthcare services. Our partner Vu, who met Dr. Gordon while working as a tour guide, who has so much passion for CCC that he has helped the CCC team open 10 clinics all over Vietnam. There are so many people I could speak of that have instilled in me what can be done with passion and a good heart.
The most rewarding aspect of this job is the fact that to be successful as a Program Coordinator you must not only rise up and become a leader but you must find a way to inspire others to do so as well. I found myself in Tanzania helping train nearly 30 health care professionals and set up 3 new sustainable “See & Treat” clinics. Not one of these single achievements am I more proud of, however, than my mentorship of a nurse named David. He soon became my partner in crime helping me to make peace with the mob of women waiting for screening. We often skipped lunch together agreeing silently as we looked outside the patient room at the ever growing mass of women tripping over each other outside. What struck me about him most was his undying motivation to bring this screening to every woman in Tanzania. He inspired all the healthcare professionals in his cohort to do the same. He was so passionate about our organization that he traveled 14 hours to attend another of our training programs as a Lead Trainee.
He has created a Facebook group for Tanzanians dedicated to informing them about the importance of Women’s Health. He’s done wonders for his program in Mwanza and I am looking forward to continue to follow his progress. It’s people like him that have shown me more than anyone else that you make your own path.
I’m very sad to leave CureCervicalCancer. I feel as if I’m leaving a little bit of myself behind here as I continue on my journey. But I hope all of you reading can take a moment with me now to thank the CureCervicalCancer team and our Global Trainees who will be here long after I’m gone continuing to provide this amazing service to women all over the globe. Who will continue making paths for the women all over to provide this life saving service. I wish them luck and leave them with my love.