Archive for the ‘Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls’ Category

What Is Tropical Medicine Today?

Thursday, November 16th, 2023 |

  Malaria, schistosomiasis, ascariasis, Chagas disease, Dengue fever. As a young physician, I was fascinated with these classic tropical diseases. Part of the reason was humanitarian. I was acutely aware that a multitude of humanity continue to suffer from these severe, ...

Can You Correctly Care For These Three Patients?

Friday, April 14th, 2023 |

  Low-resource, cross-cultural healthcare will test your skills to the extreme. Begin by eliminating the options of comprehensive laboratory testing, advanced imaging, or even specialty consultations. Would you be able to care for these three patients correctly?   1. You are volunteering at ...

Can You Solve This Case Of Tropical Fever?

Friday, December 23rd, 2022 |

  Maria, the seven-year-old girl in this photo, presents to you at the Clinical Evangelica Morava on the remote western coast of Honduras. Her parents explain that five days ago she suddenly developed fever, vomiting, severe headache, and pain on moving ...

Helping Babies Breathe On Life’s Most Dangerous Day

Friday, November 25th, 2022 |

  What is the most dangerous day in a person's entire life? Perhaps the one when a teenager receives his or her driver's license, the first big college party event, rock climbing or back woods vacation? Worldwide data actually demonstrate that ...

What Causes Malnutrition In Pregnancy?

Friday, November 11th, 2022 |

  Malnutrition especially impacts pregnant women around the globe.┬áThe challenges of food security, poverty, anemia, malnutrition, low birth weight, and failure to thrive are all inextricably interwoven. Worldwide, the effect of protein-calorie malnutrition is correlated with low-birth-weight infants, maternal anemia, preterm ...

Can You Manage This Child’s Malnutrition?

Friday, October 14th, 2022 |

  The five-year-old child in this photo presents to your health center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. History is obtained from family members, who explain that eight months ago their farm was attacked by bandits. The family has been ...

The Case for ‘Global Surgeons’

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 |

  One person out of three around the globe lives in a community with no access to a general surgeon. Often, people are separated from physicians with such skills by scores of miles or thousands of dollars. As a result, children, ...

Anti-Poverty Vaccine? Is That Possible?

Friday, May 24th, 2019 |

Introducing Peter Hotez, my friend and today's best known proponent of anti-poverty vaccines. Peter is an accomplished scientist and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital. A tactful, vocal proponent for policy and civic action on multiple health fronts, ...

Why Do Mothers Continue To Die?

Friday, April 19th, 2019 |

Tragedy aptly describes the emotions surrounding the death of a pregnant woman. Until recently, grave markers in the United States frequently stated "died in childbirth." And while such deaths have greatly diminished in North America, they remain frequent in the ...

Hypertension: Pregnancy’s Silent Killer

Friday, January 11th, 2019 |

Chronic hypertension is a common illness in the general population. However, hypertension is frequently never be diagnosed because those who have it usually have no symptoms. It is also undertreated because hypertensive people may not understand its importance, do not ...