Lisa Roddis arrived last night after a long day's travel. In her usual fashion, she jumped right in this morning and quickly set up a cytotech lab in a room in a fire station!
We sometimes do our cervical cancer screening in distant villages. That often means that we have to set up shop in places that are not quite clinics! But without complaint, Lisa had everything set up in minutes and she was ready to go! With her here, we are able to give the patients their results immediately which also means we can treat them immediately if necessary.
On the right, is Mayra. Mayra is a nurse who has been working with us for several months and she is currently applying for cytotech school in Guatemala City which will start Feb 1. She will be done in less than a year and it our hope that she will then work with us full time. It is extremely hard to find a cytotech here in the Petén so this will be surely be an answered prayer if she can complete the program.
Whenever we have an American cytotech with us, they have already been teaching Mayra and Lisa is doing that now. Thus far, we have depended on the incredible cytotechs from Promedica in Toledo who have so generously donated their time over all these years. Finding Guatemalans who can do this work is really something that is necessary for long-term sustainability.
A HUGE thank you to Lisa for so generously sharing her time and talents with the poorest of Guatemala. Without people like her, our efforts to curb the epidemic of cervical cancer here would not be possible.