It takes time to break into a new setting. This is especially true for a cross-cultural, international experience. Five weeks into my time in Africa (four in Mbarara), I finally feel like a routine has set in, and I have gotten used to the way life is here. It's nice to have made friends… Continue reading Breaking in
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
Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest is home to almost half of world's surviving mountain gorillas. Of the 28 gorilla groups living there, 9 have been habituated to be visited by tourists. We were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to travel there to spend some time with a group of them. Because it is currently the… Continue reading Gorillas in the mist, Mzungu in the mud
I was never interested in bird-watching until I was waking up to the call of Ibis, dodging maribou storks walking through the hospital, and gawking at the splendid plummage of African aviators on a daily basis here in Uganda and Kenya. There are quite a few bird enthusiasts here living at the MGH guest house. We've been learning… Continue reading East African Birds Safari
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.
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
Out of Kenya and into Uganda The above pictures are from one of our last night in Eldoret. One of the residents of IU house nominated me and Allison Burke for the trophy award, and this award was actually given to us because we "didn't give up on our rotation and found an alternative". The… Continue reading ReLocation, Relocation, Relocation