What a fantastic trip this has been; somehow even better than the 2012 trip which I thought could not be surpassed. Our largest group yet; the talent, comradarie, passion, and knowledge-base of our diverse group makes this year quite a special adventure.
Our third day at the Kisongo medical clinic was wildly busy with well over 100 Tanzanians seen by our team of nurses, doctors, social workers, pharmacy, clinical lab, and ultrasound staff members, all efforts impossible without our fantastic drivers and translators. A hub of activity; somehow we managed to create a great flow in our crowded space with one room devoted to an HIV women’s support group, another to ultrasound testing, a clinical lab space, exam rooms, makeshift pharmacy, a triage area in the entry and the VERY important designated crowd control manager at the front door. We spilled out into another structure where our pediatrician, Mark Powell, and his team saw 32 children, ages 9 months- 14 years old; three of these kids in critical condition.
We arrived back at the Maivaro Lodge tired but satisfied with jobs well done. My interaction with so many patient, hopeful, and grateful people has been and will continue to be a privilege.