As said in the short introduction, I’m Margreet Schilt, 30 years old, from the Netherlands. In daily life I’m an Operating Theatre Technician (OTT). Besides being an OTT, I successfully accomplished my training in International Community Health Care at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England.
Through the times I’ve been in Africa I’m touched by the poverty, the physical need and the Health Care problems. I want to invest my time, talents and money in the lives of people in need, whether it’s physical or in terms of education. And I really would like to help to improve the Health Care in other, poorer parts of the world.
What have I done so far? In April 2006 I went for the first time to Africa. I worked for 6 weeks together with an urologist from Holland in a hospital in Offinso, Ghana. I had 6 wonderful weeks. And from then on I was thinking of Africa a lot and this experience changed my life. It just touched my heart that there was so much need, that I’d never seen at home. Poverty causes a lot of physical need and most people lack medical care. But also if they can afford to get medical care, often the staff is not very well educated.
In 2008 I went for 5,5 month to Liberia, to work as an OR nurse on board the Africa Mercy, an hospital ship of the NGO Mercy Ships. I started as an OR nurse, but after 3 weeks they asked me to coordinate the orthopedic program in the OR. I didn’t think I was capable enough to do that job, but I just loved it. After this experience I started thinking about training and teaching other nurses and local people.
They asked me to come back to the ship in 2009. So I went back, this time to Benine and served on board for 4,5 month. And this time again, I worked as OR nurse ánd coordinator of the Orthopedic Program in the OR.
It’s my purpose in life to bring hope and healing to people in need, but also to help change the world. I know this is a high goal. But I think it’s just not fair that only a small part of the world has good medical care, while the biggest part of the world is poor and can’t get the good medical care they need. And this time I believe God is calling me to come and help the people of Malawi, by serving at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre. It’s my calling to help people in need, by providing good quality care in the Operating Theatre while the patients are most vulnerable, undergoing surgery.
And since 14 august 2014, I’m no longer Margreet Schilt, but Margreet Mbendera!