In the evening Dr. Mark Underwood, a neonatologist from Sacramento, California, and Dr. Zirina Beisembayeva and Dr. Aliya Aubakirova, also neonatologists from Almaty, Kazakhstan, who were trained during the last NRT training, and Svetlana Rahimzhanova, our visa clerk and translator for the NRT training, flew in and joined us, completing the team.
Monday morning we set up in the hall for registration, Anne, Marcia, Anna Bloom, our local translator from Kostanai, and Nancy. We were expecting about 40 people but 68 showed up! We were thrilled!! Every person who comes gets a Neonatal Resuscitation Textbook by the American Academy of Pediatrics that is translated into Russian by the Church.
Over a two day period, six lessons are taught and after four of the lessons, there is practical training on the baby mannequins (which have been in our apartment for the last 3 months) so the participants know exactly what to do and how to do it. They are also tested and scored.
As we board the plane for our journey back to Astana, we are looking forward to the rest of our NRT adventure which we will report on next week.
Elder and Sister Welling