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Trish Griffin with nurses in Kenya.

Kenya calls: stomal therapist trains nurses abroad

Three years ago, a call went out for stomal therapy nurses from Australia to help implement a new training program in Kenya, and Trish Griffin was one of the people who answered.

The call came from Elizabeth English, from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, on behalf of staff from the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. English was looking for nurses to help get the Kenyan Stoma, Wound and Continence Nurse Specialist training program off the ground.

Griffin, who is a stomal therapy nurse with the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) and has since been visiting the country during her annual leave time each year, said she didn’t know what to expect when she and her fellow nurses first left for Kenya.

The team landed in Nairobi just two months after 67 people were killed during an attack by an extremist group on the local shopping mall.

Griffin said the tragedy was a salient reminder that there was not only a clear and present danger, but also a clear, present and ongoing need for help.

Aged Care Insite sat down with Griffin to find out more about her work in Kenya and the people she met along the way. Click here to access the program’s GoFundMe page.

 

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