This is Trym blogging from Damauli. I’m now sitting in the only restaurant in this city with an internet connection that is good enough to do anything efficient. The internet where I live is poor.
Elena, Cecilie and me have now been working in Damauli District Hospital for three weeks. We are all engineering students and volunteers in the same EWH program. Elena comes from Tuscany in Italy, but has been studying in KTH in Sweden the last year. She finished her bachelor in Milan. Cecilie comes from Copenhagen and she studies at DTU. She was also our Teaching Assistant in the course we took in DTU, so she is really skilled.
Our first week here was intense; we were excited and worked all day to repair broken equipment. We were lucky, because there had been EWH volunteers before, so the staff had a lot of trust in us already the first day. They showed us around and gave us permission to repair everything that was broken. Then we moved the broken equipment to our own room and could start the most important job. There is no educated technician working in this hospital, so we got the pleasure to do some easy quick fixes in the start. The emergency department, which is right next to our “office”, had a couple of otoscopes that were not working properly. After a couple of minutes with trouble shooting we switched the batteries and turned them the other way. Our first repaired equipment was then reality just after five minutes.