A day trip to remember

Outings are immensely beneficial to children’s rehabilitation and development – close-up interaction with nature is always very valuable, as is the opportunity to socialise with staff, with family, and with one another.

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14 Dec 2020

Activities, Visit & Birthdays

Sisters Hospitallers in Liberia would like to share the latest news from St Benedict Menni Health Centre. The last weeks were full of activities, visits and birthday celebrations. But most of all, they would like to share one reflection “If there is one thing we have learnt during this pandemic it’s to celebrate life and every single moment.”

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18 Nov 2020

A journey to Master of Science

Sr Anastasia is a Sister Hospitaller in the community of Dompoase. She recently finished Master in procurement and she would like to share her tough but very useful journey. “I was told beforehand by those who had a similar degree that the course is very demanding but I accepted the offer bearing this in mind. I must admit that it was indeed challenging with many assignments, research, attending lectures and a whole lot more.”

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8 Nov 2020

Mental Health Day

St Benedict Health Center joined World Mental Health Day. This year theme was ‘Mental health for all. Greater investment, greater access.’ Sisters Hospitallers centre in Liberia organised an event to meet with relatives of patients to discuss issues concerning mental health with an emphasis on this theme. A few patients made themselves available to record a video for Sisters Hospitallers sharing their opinions on their interaction with people taking into account their mental illness - and how they live independently with it.

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22 Oct 2020

Home visits & Relaxation Techniques

St Benedict Health Centre in Liberia, run by the Sisters Hospitallers, has prioritised home visits for follow-ups on patients daily to help them maintain their mental stability and to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Also, they have been encouraging patients, staff and sisters to practise relaxation techniques to decrease the stress caused by the pandemic.

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23 Sep 2020

Our lives in Corona times

Sisters Hospitallers Centre in Libera told us how their lives are in Corona times. From virtual meetings to workshops to learn how to prevent COVID-19, including birthdays parties and different kind of activities. Because as the patients at St Benedict Health Centre like to sing ‘‘KUTU KUTU, JUNGA JUNGA’’ which means be strong and courageous.

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17 Sep 2020

“I do really like the humanitarian aspect of my job.”

Alexander Aryeh works as a psychiatric nurse at San Benito Menni Hospital, Sisters Hospitallers centre in Dompoase, Ghana. Since the lockdown in Ghana, his job has become more difficult but it doesn’t prevent him from visiting the children in their homes for follow-ups and to ensure their wellbeing.

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7 Jul 2020

What attention is being given to the medical problems of people with mental illness?

Lourdes Santos, a psychiatrist who works for Sisters Hospitallers Province of Portugal, has written an article talking about the attention that is given to the patients with mental illness during this pandemic. She explains by who, where and how should medical care be provided for people with long-term mental illness.

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30 Jun 2020

The post-ICU syndrome of COVID19

Marcos Ríos is specialized in brain injury and he has described some symptoms and disorders present after being in the Intensive Care Unit. Post Intensive Care Syndrome is characterized for physical, cognitive and emotional disturbances. The number of ICU admissions has been increased by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of these alterations have been observed as symptoms and disorders present after admission for COVID-19.

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23 Jun 2020

Discrimination and stigma against health workers

During the pandemic, we have appreciated the incredible job that the health workers are doing to fight against COVID-19. Although, some of them have suffered discrimination alleging fear of infecting neighbours and patients. Ricardo de la Espriella is a psychiatrist who works for Sisters Hospitallers, he explains to us how to combat stigma against health workers.

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1 Jul 2020

“We all need to be strong and fight this virus together.”

Terrica Moore is a Register Nurse who works for Sisters Hospitallers in Liberia since two years ago. Although the current #andemic affecting the world, she thinks the experience with the Ebola, has made her stronger mentally, and it has learnt how to reduce anxiety.

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16 Jun 2020

Impact of the pandemic in people with limited cognitive reserve

Rui Albuquerque is a psychiatrist who works for #SistersHospitallers in Portugal. He has told us how the pandemic caused by COVID-19 may indirectly compromise the mental health of each and every one of us. He also reminds us that “the rest of the health problems will continue to exist and need treatment. We must not forget the people most vulnerable to the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic. We must adopt proactive measures throughout the health system in order to guarantee their correct clinical surveillance.” Read more

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9 Jun 2020

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Individual

Lourdes Santos is a psychiatrist who works for Sisters Hospitallers. She has told us the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the individual and how important is to reinforce resilience. She added that this pandemic has tough us that the practice of medicine is an act of humility: we know very little, we have to keep learning and change.

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10 Mar 2020

“It is difficult when they don’t accept psychological help”

Macarena Aspiunza is a psychologist who collaborates with Sisters Hospitallers. For the last four years, she has travelled regularly to Liberia to assist with psychiatric and psychotherapeutic support, accompanied by a productive and pre-work objective to improve the quality of life of the patients.

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26 Feb 2020

Visiting Ganta Leprosy

Sisters, staff and volunteers of the St Benedict Menni Center and Aita Menni Hospital visited the Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehab Center. Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehab Center is a facility with capacity for 150 people. It has nursing units, pharmacy, rehabilitation, crafts and prosthesis workshops. Some of the workers are people who have suffered from the disease and after rehabilitation, they were integrated into the staff.

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20 Feb 2020

My experience of voluntary work, by Sister Isabel Cantón

Sr Isabel is a Sister Hospitaller in the English Province, who is doing voluntary work at three places around London. She would like to share her experience and how fulfilment it is on a personal level. She thanks God for giving her all these opportunities to help people in need outside our own home. And I also thank the community for supporting her in this work.

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April 2021
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