Archive for April, 2015

The Last Shift

Friday, April 24th, 2015 |

Everything has a beginning and ending.  Today was my last day at the Macha Mission Hospital.  There was no doubt that I learned so much being here for 4 weeks, and got a lot of hands-on experience.  It was much more than an “international medicine” rotation – it was summary of various rotations such as […]

Palliative Care in Macha?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 |

Though life expectancy in Zambia is lower than developed countries, I have seen many elderly patients in Macha.  Some come for regular check-ups for their chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, but some come for acute illness.  Some come with “weakness” because of their older age.   With limited resources, we do not have […]


Monday, April 13th, 2015 |

My home for 4 weeks in Macha is located in the compound of Macha Research Trust, founded by Dr. Thuma, the son of the founder of Macha Mission Hospital.  It is nearby the hospital, so it is about 5 to 10 minute walk.  Macha Research Trust focused on the malaria research, and because of their […]

Your role is endless

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 |

Here at Macha, your role is endless.  One day, we had an emergency laparotomy surgery, and I somehow ended up acting as an anesthesiologist.  Where there are not many professionals available, you do not say “cannot do it.”  You say “maybe I can try.”  My knowledge on anesthesia is limited, and on top of that, […]

Why Nursing?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 |

Just across the road from the hospital, there is the Macha School of Nursing. Students from the school come to the Macha Mission Hospital for their clinical rotations. Though resources and technologies may be limited, they try their best to improve their skills! It is so nice to see the part of the local empowerment. […]

One of the busy days

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 |

Macha Mission Hospital has been operational more than 30 years.  Currently, there is an American physician (has been there for more than 30 years too) who does majority of surgeries, and a Congolese physician and a few Zambian physicians who take care of everything from in-patient to out-patient care.  There are some Zambian “interns” who […]

Zambia, here I come!

Monday, April 6th, 2015 |

I am a 4th year medical student from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), the founder’s school of the Osteopathy.  I have an unique back ground – born in Japan, completed a high school and a university in Portland Oregon, got a master’s degree in International Public Health at the University of […]