Action Meningitis Field Worker
21, has a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and is a
registered student of the institute for commercial management (ICM) in
UK and is studying project management.Residence:
My home, Mangochi, is located in the southern end of Lake Malawi more than 200km from Blantyre, but I currently live in the Kabula area of Blantyre.
Role in Action Meningitis:
Farouck joined Action Meningitis
in October 2012 and is a field worker based in Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) tracking the referral cases from the health centres in Mpemba, Zingwangwa, Bangwe, Chilomoni, and Ndirande. He also helps the hospital staff with patient registration and weighing the sick children.Favourite part of my job:
I like working with the Action Meningitis Team as well as QECH staff, they are amazing.
Least favourite part of the job:
When I know that mothers cannot get their child to the hospital in good time and that leads to the child becoming sicker. This happens quite a lot due to problems like lack of transport and sometimes negligence, and is very depressing to seeing the children suffering.My idea about the project:
I really think that the project is helping the people who are using the health facilities as it’s trying to prioritise patients who need urgent help and get them to see the clinician quicker. Meningitis knowledge before joining the project:
Before joining the project I knew that there was a disease by the name of meningitis, but the knowledge that I had is far from what I have now. Working in this project has taught me how dangerous meningitis is and what happens if it doesn’t get treated quickly. So many people misread the signs and think their child has malaria which is so dangerous as they keep the patient from medical treatment for longer.
Advice to my friends and family:
I like it a lot sharing my knowledge with friends and family and I hope to visit the HIV/AIDS youth club in which I was a member, and share the meningitis information with them that I have learnt so they know more about another disease which is dangerous.