Today marks the last day of our trip to Tanzania.It has been a trip of stark contrasts. The initial portion of the trip was tremendously sad for me as a physician; the sadness was due to my frustration at the poverty and pain that our patients experienced. As the trip has progressed my sadness has given way to hope. The more time I have spent here the more I have been able to realize the strides this country is making towards improving itself. I have marvelled at the new streets, new power grids, and attempts to bring clean water and sanitation to many people who have not had these things. The beauty of the national parks could not easily be described in words or even in pictures.
This experience is one that I will never forget. I hope to be able to return to this place and be with these people again. I am honored that I could come to this country with my mentor and friend Dr. Shriner.