Archive for the ‘2010 Angola’ Category

Test Your Pediatrics Skills – Angola Day 25

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 |

  Here at Lubango Evangelical Medical Center it is the nurse practitioners that first attend to those coming for care. Paulo and Miguel are skilled, thoughtful, and can manage most individuals just fine. For me, they save the more complicated cases. Today, ...

Yes, These Are Bullet Holes – Angola Day 23

Monday, July 12th, 2010 |

  At the height of the Angolan Civil War I was living in the central city of Huambo. The city was patrolled by day by the MPLA military force, and by night by the opposing UNITA force. Confrontations were like clockwork. ...

Paulo Buaki: A Life Well Lived – Angola Day 21

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 |

  All of us involved in 'global health' agree with the imperative of preventive care and relief from poverty. But nevertheless, people will still suffer from emergencies - situations in which urgent care is truly lifesaving. Enter Paulo Buaki. A native ...

What’s The Neonatal Dose For Quinine? – Angola Day 19

Friday, July 9th, 2010 |

  This is a question very few, if any, neonatologist ever faces in wealthier communities. Today I met this mother and her three-week old infant, who stopped nursing yesterday. Malaria is so very common here, even in the dry season, that ...

Pre-1960’s Medical Practice – Angola Day 17

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 |

  This morning I arrived to find this man, who arrived with a history of weight loss (check out the cheek bones), abdominal pain, and cough for three months. One of the greatest challenges of 'practicing medicine' in this setting is ...

Not All Work – Angola Day 15

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 |

  Several of you have written questioning whether we ever take any time off. Angola's health crisis is a chronic one, and I totally resonate with the wisdom of enjoying some creative breaks from the action. On July 4th, while most ...

Trauma: A Forgotten ‘Disease Of Poverty’ – Angola Day 13

Monday, July 5th, 2010 |

  This lady, Cicilia, was riding along on the back of a Mosquito – these ubiquitous 50 cc motorbikes that scurry around the pot holes that make up Angola’s roadways. Her husband was driving, carrying their son on the handlebars. With ...

The End Of Poverty – Angola Day 11

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 |

  Early death is an inconsolable fact of life. In the world’s poorest nations, like Angola from where I’m writing now, a quarter of children die before reaching school age, and adults can hardly expect to live much beyond age forty. ...

Vesicovaginal Fistula – Angola Day 9

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 |

  One of the saddest health problems in all the developing world is vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). It's a hole created between a woman's bladder and her vagina, resulting in a constant, uncontrollable flow of urine out the vagina. As a result, ...

Itunda Baptist Mission – Angola Day 7

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 |

  In contrast to the behavior of Angola's colonial rulers, some individuals made genuine investments into the lives of the Angolan people themselves. In 1929 a family moved to the village of Itunda, just outside the city of Huambo (formerly Nova ...