health promotion

Late for the emergency

It’s shortly after 8am and I’ve just arrived, huffing and puffing, at the MSF base in Bikenge, Maniema Province. The health promotion team – Albert, Daniel and Gaston – is already there waiting for me. They look sharp enough in their collared shirts to meet the Queen of England; but today our task is to raise awareness in the community about malaria.

“I’m sorry I’m late,” I say breathlessly. “I had to take a call – it was an emergency.”

They don’t make a fuss; but something in their regard says, “And this isn’t?”