Archive for July, 2015

Diabetes/Oskur Vo Sonde

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 |

Yesterday I had quite a bit of fun “translating” a pictogram into Umbundo, one of the most commonly spoken local languages. The topic was diabetes and I had about 60 graphics mostly taken from the internet or the “Where There Is No Doctor” book representing different concepts in diabetes including causes, symptoms, complications and treatment. […]

Week 3 in Angola

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 |

  I can’t believe that the halfway point on my trip is already approaching. There is research that shows that the brain creates a sense of recollection of time based on plotting of events that are new/unique/noteworthy on a sort of neurological timeline of life and estimating the distance between them. As many of my […]

Week 2 in Angola

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 |

It has been a joy to work with Dr. Foster who seems to have an endless supply of patience in the face of an endless stream of sick patients. His sense of humor and ability to connect with patients is very impressive. I have also had the honor of working with Dr. Ana Neves, a […]

First week in Angola

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 |

I just arrived in Lubango, Angola a few days ago. The first few days in the hospital have been quite humbling. I feel as if I have “back-tracked” in my knowledge base. The variations in culture, pathology, availability of medications, beliefs and language makes it quite difficult to follow a typical patient history. Multiple boils on […]