Archive for November, 2016

“Something’s Eating At Me” – Angola Day 8

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 |

  He started to laugh as he uttered these words to me, but then suddenly cringed with pain. Solomon, a young man, winced and grabbed at his right side. Three days earlier Solomon developed fever, some abdominal cramping, and just a little dysentery. Such illnesses are quite common here in Angola. Solomon drake some traditional […]

Higher Level Of Care – Angola Day 6

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 |

  Senhor Alfanzo was riding his tiny motor bike in the city of Benguela when he was struck broadside by a truck. His right leg, hit full on, lay fractured with broken femur and tibia bones both protruding through the skin of his thigh and lower leg. A local healthcare facility applied a full leg […]

Shattered Leg Made Whole – Angola Day 4

Friday, November 25th, 2016 |

  Twelve-year old Pedrito was riding on a motorcycle when the driver lost control and sent the boy flying. His leg was found bent at a right angle, and the child was immediately transported to CEML Hospital. Traumatic injuries – especially those of vehicular origin – are among the top causes of both years-of-life lost […]

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 potential causes are myriad, and important to distinguish in order to select the most […]

Africa Again? Why? – Angola Day 1

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 |

  “Why do you keep going back to Angola? The visa is almost unobtainable, the journey brutal and expensive, and working conditions backwards at best. What’s more, they don’t pay you. In fact, you pay for the privilege of sweating it out!” After two year living in Angola and thirteen annual visits, such questions and […]

Haiti Launches World’s Largest-Ever Emergency Cholera Vaccination

Friday, November 18th, 2016 |

  We all recall the devastating cholera epidemic that swept through Port-au-Prince following Haiti’s 2011 earthquake. Whenever urban centers are disrupted the risk of cholera, causing rapid death via dehydration, is predictably high. So, it is laudable that now, just one month following Hurricane Matthew, history’s largest-ever emergency cholera vaccination is underway with the goal […]

INMED’s 27th International Medicine And Public Health Course: 2016 Kirksville MO

Friday, November 11th, 2016 |

  I just enjoyed a terrific weekend with these 21 medical students at AT Still University/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ten weeks ago they began a structured, aggressive study of paramount global health issues, including the impact of military conflict, today’s mushrooming refugee crisis, and the perils and privileges of launching their own international healthcare […]

INMED Faculty Nominated For L’Chaim Prize

Friday, November 4th, 2016 |

  “Christian medical missionaries are the unsung and unheralded heroes of humanity —so we had the idea to create the Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson L’Chaim Prize. L’Chaim means “to life” — and it is this gift that the Christian medical missionaries serving in Africa provide to so many… To learn about the work of Christian medical missionaries […]