Monthly archive for September2013

Uganda – Day 6: Soroti Secondary School, Soroti Hospital and How I was a Pharmacist for the day at a Malaria Intervention/Medical Camp

Uganda – Day 6: Soroti Secondary School, Soroti Hospital and How I was a Pharmacist for the day at a Malaria Intervention/Medical Camp

We made up for our lack of community service yesterday on Thursday. First stop was the Soroti Secondary School, a boarding school which Pilgrim founded in the early 2000s to provide for children who had been kidnapped by the Lord’s Revolutionary Army, many of whom…

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Uganda – Day 5: on to Soroti

Uganda – Day 5: on to Soroti

I’ll be honest. I can’t remember much of this day – I know we spent a total of about 10 hours on a bus from Kampala to Soroti, so perhaps that was about it. Yes, yes, that’s definitely the case. Plus a stop for lunch…

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Uganda – Day 4, Ssese Islands Medical Camp

Uganda – Day 4, Ssese Islands Medical Camp

Tuesday started early, with a 7am departure to catch the ferry to the Ssese Islands (formerly known as Tse tse – as in the fly – Islands; creepy, no? I understand the flies, which caused “Sleeping Sickness” and much related mortality early in the 1900s,…

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Uganda – Day 3 (or, Time Flies…Except When it Doesn’t)

Uganda – Day 3 (or, Time Flies…Except When it Doesn’t)

[To be fair, this title really applies to the time that’s passed since my last post, five days ago, not Day 3 itself. You’ll understand more when you read my next post about the 19-hour but-felt-like-36 day). It does feel like I’ve only been here…

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Our Braille Library Project in Nepal Receives National Recognition!

Our Braille Library Project in Nepal Receives National Recognition!

From our partner Rajan Raut: We are so happy to inform you that our cooperating agency Nepal Association for the welfare of the Blind has been awarded the most outstanding Social Service Organization award and cash prize of Rs 100,000/- by the Chairman of Interim…

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Burkitt’s Lymphoma Primer

Burkitt’s Lymphoma Primer

Before launching into another educational interlude, a little color on the day: I woke up to the sky cracking open at about 6am. Don’t ask me why it was so much cooler opening the curtains here to watch the lightning flashes and listen to the…

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Snippet of Day 1 in Uganda

Snippet of Day 1 in Uganda

Hello from Kampala! My travel companions – Linda Cheever of Seattle #4, who is co-leading this trip, Dr. Steve Kussik from Phenopath, who is the world expert in diagnosing Burkitt’s Lymphoma, and Thor Tyson from the Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa – and I arrived…

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Uganda (inadvertently funny) Travel Tips

Uganda (inadvertently funny) Travel Tips

The last entry was a wee on the heavy side, right? But hopeful. So here’s a gratuitous post with a little levity – here are *direct quotes* from some of the Uganda travel tip websites I’ve been surfing in anticipation of this trip. (BTW 24…

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Post #3: Why Uganda?

Post #3: Why Uganda?

Here are some facts about Uganda and its malaria problem that compelled Rotary focus and the ensuing trip. Some Uganda demographics Total population: ~36 million % living in rural areas: 85%, where over 95% of households lack electricity and over 90% lack access to flushing…

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A little more about the District 5030 Trip to Uganda

A little more about the District 5030 Trip to Uganda

SUMMARY OF THE DISTRICT 5030 GRANT FOR UGANDA MISSION Project Name: Uganda Malaria & Cancer (Burkitt’s Lymphoma) Lead Club: Queen Anne Focus Area: Disease prevention & treatment Community Need: Malaria kills 70,000 – 100,000/yr in Uganda & Burkitt’s Lymphoma is one of the two most…

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