International health, Malawi, pulmonary and critical care fellowship

A tea field day and Malawian wedding crashing

There are thousands of acres of tea estates in Southern and Eastern Malawi, 50 and 120 km away from where we live in Blantyre.  As we travel South even 30 minutes, I can see the drastic transformation in the landscape from dirt and dead brown grass to densely clustered, verdant tea bushes.  It's amazing how vastly… Continue reading A tea field day and Malawian wedding crashing

International health, Malawi, medicine, pulmonary and critical care fellowship

Malawian step aerobics class and Madonna visits

This first full week at work has been one where many administrative tasks had to be done before my study could be officially initiated.  At MLW (Malawi-Liverpool-Welcome Trust), this translates into a lot of one-on-one sit down meetings with the departments for orientation and acquiring a physical signature on a sheet of paper.  I spent most of… Continue reading Malawian step aerobics class and Madonna visits

fellowship training, International health, Malawi, medicine, pulmonary and critical care fellowship

Wintering in Malawi

After a 40 hour journey, I am finally in Blantyre, Malawi as of 07/05/2017.  The longest portion of the flight was 13 hours from Washington D.C. to Addis Ababa. I became restless after watching 3 films and reading one book.  I will rate the following entertainment in order of enjoyment if you are looking to entertain yourself:… Continue reading Wintering in Malawi

International health, medicine, Uganda

Bugoye Health Center

 The Rwenzori Mountains are an equatorial mountain range located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bugoye is a District Health Center for villages nestled in and on the foothills near these moutains. There is currently a Fogarty and Doris Duke  fellow there in addition to MGH residents who support… Continue reading Bugoye Health Center

International health, Kenya, medicine, Uganda

When we can’t do everything for everyone.

  T was a patient on our team. She was 32 years old, HIV+ for 1 year, on first line anti-retrovirals who presented with painless jaundice. With suspicion of symptoms being medication related, Efavirenz (anti-HIV med) had been stopped by her local village dispensary, but her symptoms didn't improve. The first day she was in… Continue reading When we can’t do everything for everyone.

International health, medicine, Uganda

a day in the life

Mbarara is a verdant and lush city. There are palm trees, trees with avocados, mangos, and jackfruit. Different flowering plants and large cranes and birds are everywhere. Although the 15-minute walk to the hospital in the morning is spent avoiding cars and bota-botas, the surrounding view is quite pleasant. We also pass by a prepatory… Continue reading a day in the life

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Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

 MTRH is a tertiary referral hospital for Western Kenya. Though our time there was limited to only a few days, I was glad to have experienced a piece of it. On the wards, us U.S. residents joined a team of intern, medical students (4-6th years), and a registrar, or resident. Rounds begin at 9am each… Continue reading Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital