As we breezed through his shots, Dykki picked out a few to linger on and tell me stories about. One stood out in my mind.
“I passed this shoe rack during a tour of Mulago National Hospital in Kampala,” Dykki recalled. “The senior principal nursing officer was taking us around to show us how low staffing was affecting care (as few as 2 nurses on night duty for a critical care ward of 80). The shoe rack was such a poignant image of the challenges, I couldn’t pass it up.”
In this picture taken on his iPhone, Dykki was able to show what so many patients in countries where we work must encounter on a daily basis: there aren’t enough health workers present to deliver the health services needed. In this case, the shoes show there are no doctors and only 1.5 nurses.