South Sudan: Litres of tea!

03 May 2017

Tessa blogs about the surprisingly valuable ritual of drinking tea while on assignment in South Sudan

Tessa enjoys a cuppa with her MSF colleagues.

Tessa enjoys a cuppa with her MSF colleagues. Photo: Tessa Thaidens/MSF.

One of the things I have learnt in my role as medical team leader is to drink tea.

“Really?”, you think. Yes, drinking an endless amount of cups of tea.

Litres, in fact! With the nurses, the guys from the lab, the pharmacists, the obstetricians, the cleaners, the drivers, the logisticians. But also with the traditional healers, the local authorities, the village elders, the police chief and the army’s colonel.

Tessa has a taste of local tea with a patient.

Tessa has a taste of local tea with a patient. Photo: Tessa Thaidens/MSF.

Every cup of tea brings new things to light: the latest news, what’s going on in the community, etc.

This information is very valuable. It’s information that I process in the many decisions we have to take each day to ensure our medical program runs as well as possibly.

It’s a good thing I’ve always been a tea lover!

 

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