Zanzibar wrap up
review after clinical sessions
The repeated clinical sessions give trainees valuable experience. During these sessions, the residents at Detroit house had uniformly positive responses. After the first sessions here the clients who received treatments were so enthusiastic in their responses that all other residents decided to take part in the next session.
At the Bombay house, there were mixed responses to the first treatment session. One client complained of headache after the treatment, another man said he felt dizzy and weak, and yet another said that his regularly good sleep was disturbed after the acupuncture. We discussed these responses and how best to provide a safe and supportive treatment environment, and how to best manage a variety of treatment responses.
We adjusted treatment times, number of needles, had a round table discussion with the residents, and offered but did not push them to receive further treatments. Some of the residents here had had really positive experiences and they also shared these with their housemates.
Almost all of the residents decided to participate in subsequent treatments, and by the last day were all feeling the benefits of the treatments. They repeatedly thanked Shosi, Athman and myself for coming down from Kenya to assist, and asked for a group photo.
Group shot, Bombay house
On the last day we had our certificate ceremony. There was lots of applause, lots of jubilant shouts, and afterward one of the trainees asked me if I understood what was being said when she came up for her certificate. “They were saying what a mess I was when they first met me [when entering rehab] and to look at me now. I’ve made so much progress and can now help others with their recovery!”
exhuberance after the certificate ceremony
This group was wonderful to work with. They have excellent teamwork, creatively problem solve, and a strong sense of community. We established a communications network, a way to resupply their needle stock, and a team leader. Congratulations to the hardworking staff and volunteers at Drug Free Zanzibar!
Zanzibar training group 2011