Archive for the ‘Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls’ Category

What Is The World’s Most Universal And Deadly Infection?

Friday, December 8th, 2017 |

  In the United States and Europe, not so long ago the words TB were interpreted similarly to the way AIDS and cancer often are today. TB meant fear, suffering and death. And no wonder. This aggressive lung infection caused people ...

Why US-Trained Surgeons Often Aren’t Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 |

  I am not a surgeon. Yes, I can readily perform some of the most urgent and lifesaving procedures, like colostomy and Cesarean section. But a surgeon, I am not. In this light, allow me to make some observation about North ...

Ultra-Appropriate Technology – Angola Day 2

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 |

  Senhor Miguel has suffered increasing shortness of breath for one year. When he arrived here at CEML Hospital last week his heart exam revealed a loud systolic murmur, along with swollen legs and signs of fluid in his lungs. The ...

Global Health – The Formula Is Not This Complicated

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 |

  You and I and most of our international neighbors share a common passion: increase people's healthy years of life. But so very many factors are involved: cultural differences, low resources, economic interests, political disagreement, armed conflicts, profiteering... All this weighed ...

Diagnosis Under Stress – Angola 2015

Friday, August 21st, 2015 |

  "My chest hurts severely and the pounding of my heart is relentless," exclaimed  a woman of forty whom I met in the emergency department. She proceeded to describe how she also felt fever and burning throughout her body, along with ...

Can You Solve This Case Of Malnutrition?

Friday, May 15th, 2015 |

  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 ...

Test And Treat – The Future Of HIV Control?

Friday, April 17th, 2015 |

  While HIV disease is relatively controlled in wealthier nations, the threat and suffering from HIV continues to be devastating throughout much of our world. One intriguing potential intervention for eliminating HIV from high endemic regions is know as "Test And ...

Women’s Birth-Related Disabilities

Friday, March 6th, 2015 |

  Child birth is both beautiful and dangerous. Well known and still tragically common are the direct causes of maternal deaths: hemorrhage, infections, obstructed labor, and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. But there also exist birth-related disabilities; ones not causing death near ...

Helping Babies Breathe In Zambia

Friday, February 20th, 2015 |

  "Experiencing Zambia really changed my life!" Betsy Rogers is animated on her return after three weeks teaching Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) in southern Africa in association with Tiny People Matter. "We taught HBB in several settings. My favorite experience was teaching ...

What Is Causing My Fever Here In China?

Friday, January 30th, 2015 |

  Yesterday I was mentoring these Chinese family medicine resident physicians. During my presentation I suddenly sensed a shaking chill. The weather is extremely cold here in Shenyang, far NE China - about -10 degrees. So I attributed my chill to ...