warmly greeting from Wuhan

Wuhan Infectious Disease Hospital i am super squirrelstoring it all in my cheeksleaping tree to tree here i come to save the dayPPTs are on their way (too bad squirrels are mostly ignored)

hooray! i’m blogging in China!

I made it to Kunming! As you can see in the photo above, Kunming is a large urban center with loads of people and concrete. If you squint through the smog, you can see some mountains in the background. I’m hoping to get to one of those hills this weekend. It’s May Day (International Labour …

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OUT with a BANG!

[above: mentoring Team TZ – Jenny, me, Guy] My LAST week of fellowship and work in Tanzania is now OVER! We came back to Moshi to do direct mentoring at the Mawenzi Hospital HIV clinic. Mawenzi is dreadfully representative of the broken health care system in Tanzania. It’s the regional referral hospital for all of …

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Kahama: Dude Town from Hell

[above: dude carrying a load of sponge-bed-square-pants mattresses for one of the many motels for migrant miners along the main road in Kahama] Kahama is a dusty dry dude town on the highway to Rwanda and Burundi, between Tinde and Bukombe. Its existence depends on gold mining, and all of its industry is built around …

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photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro


[above: aerial view of Kilimanjaro at dawn] Ahhh, back in Moshi, my home away from home. It’s funny how familiar everything feels, even though we stay in hotels. I stay at the familiar Bristol Cottages, where Mama Sakina and Mr. Aggarwal and the staff take good care of me. I also have my friends Mei …

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above: kid next to the “door of no return” (which slaves passed through to leave their home forever) at Changuu Island, Zanzibar dhows anchored at Stone Town, Zanzibar twilight over Stone Town aerial of the reef around Unguja island, Zanzibar hallway at Beit-Al-Amaan (“house of peace”) chillin at Beit-al-Amaan’s lush living room Zanzibar. Ahh… hearing …

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same same

above: Guy, Bonifas, the ART nurse and peer advocate at Keni Health Centre, Rombo district Sara, a nurse, Steve and Keni Health Centre patients above: the Matron of Keni Health Centre with Bonifas, the HIV clinician, in the clinical room Same: everyone pronounces the district and town name as “Sah-may.” But there are some Tanzanians …

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Usangi and the Pare Mountains

above: Mama, Juma, and me at the Usangi clinic above: Ally and his flapping origami crane; he wants to be a doctor! We’ll work to make that happen. Interesting things happen when the power goes out: The world gets quiet. You start to hear each other and the animals and the water and the wind. …

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