Anthony Wiskin and Emma Torbé join the flying doctor service in Lesotho
- By: Anthony Wiskin, Emma Torbé
We sat in the cold mountain clinic building and shivered. Looking outside we could see the snow and ice on the huge mountains that characterise this remote and unknown area of southern Africa. This was very different from what we had expected our elective to be like. We had spent most of our time at a missionary hospital on the edge of Lesotho's lowlands, but for a week we were working with the Lesotho flying doctor service.
The service is based in Lesotho's capital, Maseru. The team is made up of one full time doctor and several nurses. The three planes are flown and maintained by American missionaries from the organisation Mission Aviation Fellowship. The service flies to around 10 airstrips in the most remote mountainous areas. At or near to each airstrip is a clinic, which is staffed by full time nurse practitioners. These people do an amazing job,