It’s the end of the month and the Medical Monthly Report, MMR for short, will be due in a few days. The MMR summarizes, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the medical activities of the project. It is a gold mine of interesting numbers. The most interesting part of this month’s report is the burgeoning number of malaria cases, the result of a rather dry wet season. Intermittent rains allow mosquito larva to develop undisturbed; they do so in vast pools of water in the seasonal swamp that is southern Sudan.
I look forward to doing the MMR every month, a chance to do some math, look at disease patterns and work more closely with our data collector, Isaac. Isaac has the rather daunting task of collecting and preparing all the data from the various departments; he does so every month with patience, diligence and quirky good humor. The MMR is a collaborative effort, Isaac supplies the numbers and the medics supply the interpretation.
MSF volunteers are expected to be versatile and are called upon to wear many hats. Isaac is able to do this well, filling in for our technical logistician and our logistician administrator when the need arises. He is also good company, in what I have come to think of as my MSF Family (more on my MSF Family later).