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

Each Fresh Peak Ascended Teaches Something

Mulanje is my favorite place in Malawi.  I recently hiked up 1300m to the plateau and took a picture from the exact place where I had been 7 months prior.  It is the dry season in Malawi, and there is a persistent haze in the air.  The dry and yellow grass on the mountain is getting burned… Continue reading Each Fresh Peak Ascended Teaches Something

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

“Tionana mawa”, See you tomorrow

Outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we walk along the side of the road toward a collection of minibuses parked outside the Red Cross stop. Elizabeth, my field worker, exchanges a few words in Chichewa with the mini-bus attendants, and we quickly shuffle into the minibus designated South on the M1 towards Manasi. I dole out 150 kwacha (less than 25cents)… Continue reading “Tionana mawa”, See you tomorrow

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