February 11

Today the physicians with the exception of Dr. Shriner (John Cho, David Schulman, Bill Blitz, Mihoko Nelsen, Wafaa Alrashid and I) decided to visit the local shaman to compare notes on how we treat people. We drove up to a tinroofed hut made from cow dung where there were several people milling around, one old […]

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Alison’s Entry

Sunday night brings us to the end of our first week here in Arusha. I’m sure you have all enjoyed reading everyone’s entries and are up to date with all of our activities throughout the week. My second trip to Tanzania has brought new adventures and experiences. It has been good to see the friends […]

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The Medicine Man, Dr. Maretu

Finally it is my turn to do the journal entry. Christa has already introduced the subject, the medicine man, Dr. Maretu, presumably a 60 year old Masai man with one eye. The left eye has been injured. We never found out what happened to his left eye as we thought this question was not appropriate. […]

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2/10/2007 by Tom

Hello Everyone–today was our symposium and it went very well. I think we were just shy of 50 participants and all the Doctors presenting did a great job..it was nice to see the local people arrive in native dress and in such bright colors. I think it was enjoyed by one and all. Missing you […]

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02/09 – 02/10/2007

02/09/07: Jambo from Tanzania The Tanzanians are warm, friendly people. We started our day with lectures at Mt. Meru hospital and proceeded to Upone clinic to see patients. We had 4 MDs and 5 RNs. In 2 hours we managed to see over 50 patients!!!Dr. Anvekar, you would have been very proud of me. We […]

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Tumaini-Hope

I am the eye behind the camera. I have a chance to see many of the remarkable details concerning our work in Tanzania. The reality coming through the lens is incredible as are the emotions engulfing us each day. For me, the most extraordinary thing is to see how much of last year’s work came […]

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Sparkling Moments

Today marks one week in Tanzania. The overall experience can most acurately be described as “hands on” and I am certain that each team member’s perception of the world has been altered in some significant way. I have had the remarkable opportunity to: co-facilitate an HIV+ adult support group building a mutual understanding of the […]

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2/9/2007 by Tom

Jambo, What an awesome day we had today. Dr. Nelson from our team gave a lecture at Mount Meru hospital this morning on Epilepsy/Seizures that was fantastic and received well by the participants there. After that we headed off to Upone clinic and there were 52 patients waiting to see us!!!! We ended up setting […]

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Consultations

JAMBO EVERYONE, WELL TODAY WAS A TEAR JERKER FOR ME. WENT WITH DR. NELSON AFTER HER WONDERFUL LECTURE ON SEIZURES TO SEE 2 PATEINTS WITH PARALYSIS. ONE WAS A QUAD, THE OTHER A NEW PARA. THERE WERE AT LEAST 10 BEDS TO A LARGE ROOM. I ASKED DR. MEKULE WHERE THE CRASH CART WAS. SORRY, […]

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Feb. 9, 2007

What a great day it was. We started out at Mt. Meru Hospital, where Sally and I went to the microbiology lab to work on our cultures. We are doing a research project to see if MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is present in the Tanzanian population. The research is going very well. Next was a […]

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