Packing Day for India Trip, July 2010- A Student Intern's Perspective
On July14th, we were packing up all the medical equipment for the India trip leaving at the end of July. First we tested the LEEP machine to make sure everything was in good working order, to cut down on the possibility of malfunction when the PINCC volunteer doctors are thousands of miles away! And then there are the rest of the medical supplies that PINCC takes on every trip- the speculums, the medicines, the q-tips, cotton balls, the gloves, and all the other supplies for the exam rooms. Before we put the equipment into the luggage, we count everything and make lists of all the supplies we have. It will help the team keep track of the equipment and help them estimate how many patients they can treat each day.
I was glad to be able to help out today. It was a great opportunity for me to learn and understand the preparation process before the volunteer team goes to India. I've been taught how to operate a LEEP machine, and the difference between the Thin Pedersion speculum and the Graves (medium, large) speculum. I had a lot of fun and I hope the team will enjoy the trip and be able to help lots of women in India.
Best of luck,
UC Berkeley Public Health Student Volunteer