Archive for August, 2015

Mother And Newborns In Peril – Angola 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015 |

  “I’m in labor, and the umbilical cord just fell out.” Utterly frightened, the mother Gilhermina approached the home of Donna Foster on a ranch here in rural Angola. Within moments, Donna and teenage daughter Meghan, loaded Gilhermina in their truck and began the 110 mile drive to us at the Evangelical Medical Center of […]

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 weakness of her legs and sensations of her head spinning. On exam, I indeed […]

Shock And Distress – Angola 2015

Friday, August 14th, 2015 |

  Shock. Arriving in Angola inevitably distresses my soul. Though I lived here for two year and have return annually for fourteen more, reentry into this place of paucity continues to unmask any temptation towards complacency over the world’s affairs. Were I a normal Angolan, one of my own children would have died before reaching […]

Competencies In International Medicine And Public Health

Friday, August 7th, 2015 |

  Remember being a student on the first day of class? We usually received a course syllabus, and a generation ago that syllabus began with a list of subjects studied; lists like: Epidemiology of childhood illness Physiology of fever Metabolism of acetaminophen   Astute educators later realized that the objective of education is not simply to […]