Archive for December, 2016

From Germany To INMED And Papua New Guinea

Friday, December 30th, 2016 |

  Let me introduce you to Rebekah Rose, a medical student in Germany. Above is an except from her personal newsletter, chronicling Rebekah’s growing interest in international healthcare, her participation in the INMED 2016 Pittsburgh PA International Medicine & Public Health Hybrid Course, and direct flight to Papua New Guinea to apply all she learned […]

What Moves You?

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 |

  What are the experiences that make you feel choked up, that suddenly captivate your attention,  cultivate passion within you, that ignite your soul with power – experiences invigorate you with energy and vision? I ask because at this interval most of us all are reflecting on the previous year and preparing for the next, […]

Aleppo Evacuation Ends With Thousands Ensnared

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 |

  The situation within the Syrian city of Aleppo, in a word,  complicated. This major Syrian city has been a flash point in the heath political/military conflict that has incinerated this nation since 2011. In recent weeks, government forces have made gains against opposition forces within Aleppo. Amid increasing carnage, world leaders successfully pressured both […]

Storms Are Life Giving – Angola Day 20

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 |

  Each afternoon we who live on the highlands of Angola are deluged by downpours and plummeted by thunderstorms. Just as rapidly at these storms appear they also pass, leaving behind a refreshing atmosphere and saturated earth. Everywhere in the countryside people are taking advantage of the showers to cultivate their corn and cabbage.   […]

Recovery From Severe Malaria – Angola 18

Friday, December 9th, 2016 |

  Domingos’ father arrived yesterday at CEML Hospital with his ten-year old son. The father himself underwent cataract surgery at CEML three months earlier. After recovery, he ventured back home in the isolated eastern interior of Angola, where the father found Domingos febrile, vomiting, and with a large, painful abdomen. At first the father invited […]

Lost In Translation – Angola Day 16

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 |

  The baby held in this photo is suffering from pneumonia. I’m in the process of explaining the disease and treatment to her parents, seated, using Portuguese. However, the parents are rural people and don’t understand Angola’s official language. Instead, the pastor to the left is translating into the language of their own Cunene people. […]

State-of-the-Art Mobile Medical Care – Angola Day 14

Monday, December 5th, 2016 |

  Access to objective clinical information is one great obstacle to mobile medical care for underserved people. For two years in the 1990s, myself and a team of Angolans served five locations near the city of Huambo with weekly clinics. Our equipment mainly consisted of vaccinations, twenty-drugs, and a child weight scale. Objective data was […]

Comprehensive Child Health – Angola Day 12

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 |

  These children live at Tchincombe – a 200,000-acre ranch in southern Angola. Launched twenty years ago, this vast project of the Angola Union churches has multiple interventions including agriculture, primary school education, provision of drinkable water, and intermittent clinics. Tchincombe is also home to Stirling and Donna Foster, sweet friends whom I met during […]

Psychosomatic Symptoms And Solace – Angola Day 10

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 |

  “I have headaches, terrible fevers, nausea, weakness, muscle aches and worsening vision.” Dona Maria was animated as she described her symptoms at CEML Hospital. “I also have pain on urination, back pain, dizziness, ringing in my ears, and tingling in my toes.” I proceeded with a physical exam which reveal no anomaly.   I […]