Archive for January, 2011

Pneumonia Get’s Personal

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 |

One very early morning I heard a quite thump at the door. Opening it, I gazed out on to the little courtyard of my home in Huambo, Angola. Edwardo, a young pastor, stood clutching his four-year old son. The child was gasping and drooling, his little black body darker from cyanosis – insufficient oxygen. A […]

Polio – An Unnecessary Threat

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 |

As a kid, I noticed that my cousin Roger walked with a significant limp. He began wearing an elevated shoe to stabilize his gait. This was a result of polio he suffered in the 1950s – a time when the disease was rampant in the United States. Effective vaccines all but eliminated US polio in […]

Can You Solve This Case Of Malnutrition?

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 |

  The two-year old child in this photo presents to your health center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Family members explain that eight months ago their farm was attacked by bandits. No one in the family, including this child named Aamir, has eaten regularly since then. What’s more, Aamir in recent days has […]

Prevent This Child’s Blindness!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 |

This child is going blind as a result of scaring to his cornea. Some 250,000 to 500,000 children in low-resource communities throughout Africa and the Indian subcontinent go blind each year from dietary deficiency of vitamin A. Severe deficiency causes irreversible corneal damage, leading to partial or total visual impairment. Startlingly, about half of these […]