Dr. Noa Judith Freudenthal

On assignment as a pediatric cardiologist in Sierra Leone

Dr. Noa Judith Freudenthal (right, pediatric cardiologist, Cap Anamur) talking with colleagues at Ola During Childrens Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Dr. Noa Judith Freudenthal (right, pediatric cardiologist, Cap Anamur) talking with colleagues at Ola During Childrens Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Name

Dr. Noa Judith Freudenthal

Age

36 years old

Profession

Pediatric Cardiologist

Country of operation

Sierra Leone

Duration of mission

6 months

Previous projects with Cap Anamur:

March to September 2014 in Sierra Leone

My everyday life in the project

I work at Ola During Childrens Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown. The children’s hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital is completely overcrowded and an incredibly important pillar for the local population. Here I have taken on various senior medical activities. This includes looking at and treating patients together with local young doctors, training the young doctors to perform ultrasound and echocardiography themselves and teaching them to local doctors, as well as giving some theoretical teaching lessons on various topics.

My free time in the project

Since I love to cook, I was happy to do it in my spare time in our shared apartment. I also enjoyed going to the beach on weekends with my colleagues, who also became friends during my time here, or seeing the beautiful sides of this troubled country.

Dr. Noa Judith Freudenthal (left, pediatric cardiologist, Cap Anamur) during rounds at Ola During Childrens Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Dr. Noa Judith Freudenthal (left, pediatric cardiologist, Cap Anamur) during rounds at Ola During Childrens Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

I particularly appreciated:

Working closely with local doctors and being able to train them to hopefully leave something here that lasts. Free reign to adjust the deployment according to my abilities to effectively advance as much as possible.

I especcially missed:

A really good latte.

My plans for the future:

After my assignment here in Sierra Leone, I will probably return to my position as a senior physician in pediatric cardiology in Bonn, but I can well imagine going out with Cap Anamur for a third time at some point.

My best memories of my time on the project:

Among the best memories are definitely the children who could finally go home healthy again after we fought for their lives, here, for a long time.

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