"I promised that I would never let them down." - Barnabas, Lab Tech

Based on interviews with Barnabas, FAME Lab Technician

 
Barnabas testing urine samples in our laboratory.

Barnabas testing urine samples in our laboratory.

Barnabas grew up in Tabora, about 522 km from FAME. Even when he was young, it was his dream to work in medicine. When he finished his schooling, he traveled to Babati to work as a Lab Tech Assistant. “I chose to work in the lab because I was interested in knowing the source of infection,” Barnabas reflected. “I like to see the different kinds of information from bacteria.” In 2013, he saw an ad for a position in FAME’s laboratory, applied and was hired. Two years later, he talked to the Laboratory Manager, Anthony, about furthering his education. “I told [Anthony] that I wanted to go back to school for a year, but that I wanted to come back to FAME to work again,” Barnabas explained. “[Anthony] said he would talk to the FAME leadership team to see if I could receive support because my plan was to return to FAME. Anthony, Frank, and Susan said they appreciated how I was doing my job. When the team said they were ready to support me, it was such good news for me to hear.” Barnabas returned to his hometown of Tabora in 2015 to attend school for one year to become a Laboratory Technician. “I promised that I would never let them down,” Barnabas said. “I did well and came back with a new title.” He didn’t want to leave FAME because he enjoys the way all the departments collaborate. “We know how to work as a team,” Barnabas said. “Everyone is willing to help other departments. No one sees any difference between all the specialties, which is a result of our strong teamwork. In return, our patients appreciate our service because we get good results.” A deeply committed staff member, Barnabas concluded by saying, “I promise I will work hard for FAME in order to improve our service.”

 
Kathrine Kuhlmann