My 3 month mission to dispose of 20 tonnes of out of expired drugs and medical items is complete ahead of schedule. MSF built the waste zone at the city teaching hospital to help them get rid of out of date medicines correctly and also to stop used medical waste from just been tipped in the country side and set on fire which is their only method since the war. I was sent to teach them how to segregate and which method of destruction should be done, Incineration , encapsulation,dilution or dissolution.
Its not been easy with 40 degrees outside temperature and then add the heat of the incinerator which ran at 1000 degrees. Also due to security I have to go everywhere by jeep no walking outside the compounds. Being in the capital made life easy with aircon, good food and a local hotel swimming pool at the weekend.
I am now going to Uganda for two weeks R&R before heading back to South Sudan and a small outlying project at lankien where my position changes form a WATSAN (water,hygiene and sanitation) to a Technical Logistician where i will be looking after the technical side of a local hospital and a couple of health outposts. I will be constructing buildings, extending and modernizing a runway, security, fleet management etc etc