Student nurse is off to Africa to give medical aid

(Mercury) A STUDENT nurse from Hertford will use her skills in Africa when she helps to deliver medical aid.

Sarah Finlayson, 23, of West Street, will spend four weeks in Arusha, Tanzania, assisting doctors and nurses in the city center and nearby villages.
She is part-way through a masters degree in children’s nursing at King’s College in London.
Sarah, right, said: “I wanted to help and do something completely different where I’m not just learning for myself, I’m making a difference.”
She initially completed a degree in sports therapy but realized what she enjoyed most was caring for people.
Sarah worked part-time as a kayaking coach and receptionist at a water sports center to help raise funds for next month’s trip, which has been arranged through the International Volunteer HQ organisation. She said: “I’m nervous but excited. I’ve never been to Africa before.”
Sarah believes the experience will give her a better perspective on medicinal practices in other countries, especially those that have to cope with serious poverty.
She said: “It’ll be such an eye-opener. We have great hospitals in London but to go to a country where they have to make do with so little is completely different. I want to come back and be a lot more grateful and a lot less wasteful. I’m hoping it will help me to be a better nurse.
“The town I’m going to is quite modern for a third world country but in the villages there’s a lot of poverty. Children are suffering with cholera and diarrhea.”
Sarah is working to raise awareness of her trip and said: “I think if more people know these schemes go on and how much they’ll get out of it then hopefully more people will want to help.”
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