Although I am rather far away from my goal of becoming a Zambian and have quite a lot of work to do in the time left here, I look forward to learning more about the Zambian culture. I love being able to experience another culture from a first hand perspective. It has been an amazing experience so far and I enjoy every day of it.
As time goes on I am getting more responsibilities in the clinic. As of late, I have been working with a Zambian dentist named Ba Ian (Ba means Mr. or Mrs.). He is a wonderfully kind and patient man that is very good at explaining his work. A small skinny man in stature but hold tremendous respect with his patients; always keeping a smile on his facem, he whistles and tells his patients jokes to keep them at ease. There is much you can take from his patient-provider interaction.
Two Lipscomb College of Pharmacy Students Send Their First Impressions of Namwalia, Zambia

Global Health Leaders Brittany Latimer and John Deason arrived in Zambia last week. This is Brittany's first time in Africa, and this is John's first time outside the United States. Though both are dealing with a touch of culture shock in Namwianga, Zambia, they report a warm welcome at the local church, a fun time with kids over food and dancing, and a challenge with the local clinic to understand how best they can translate their knowledge of clinical care given the limited resources available for the patients.

We invite you to read their blogs and see their photos!
This past week I was involved with the coordination and follow through of community health fairs on the island. These health fairs are vital for the public in that they enable us to reach out to those living on the island and perform various health screenings for people who do not understand the importance of and/or do not have the funds to get these health screenings on their own.
Our show at Darien Lake - located between Buffalo and Rochester - had us a little concerned about being able to recruit volunteers, since it is a bit of a drive from either city. We were excited to have a great crew of volunteers come out and join us: a mother, daughter & aunt team of Susan, Carol and Melissa, as well as Corey, Chelsea, Cary and Lyndsey, who are a combination of friends, sisters and fiances that all drove into from Rochester! Our team did great, helping us sign up lots of new supporters and raising lots of money for our well building projects, working all night to talk to Brad fans about the importance of clean water.
This is my first blog posting on my trip in Zambia. I’ve been in one week so far but it has seemed much more. Things operate so differently from how they do in the states, especially if you have never left the country! My first taste of Zambia was really on Sunday since much of my first day here was just spent traveling. We traveled to a small village called Kasibi where we attended church. It was one of the most humbling services I have ever attended. The church was no larger than the den at my parents’ house (and we don’t have a huge house). On the walls were either tacked or duct taped posters depicting Jesus or various biblical events. Most looked like they were thirty-plus years old and were very weather worn. The roof was tin and full of holes. I doubt very seriously that it kept the congregation dry during the wet season. The benches were small and old with no backings and were only long enough to truly fit four grown men tightly.
This is my first time traveling to Africa, so for me it is a very exciting time. I wanted to have a very open mind, but I had no idea what to expect. In only a week I have discovered so many cultural differences. The main differences I noticed were time, transportation, and friendliness. In Zambia the people are not concerned about being punctual. The people are never in a rush and they don’t mind waiting. As compared to a pharmacy in the US where people want their prescription filled in fifteen minutes or less. Mostly everyone walks to where ever they need to go since gas is about $9 a gallon here. Also you have to be a great visual learner and use a lot of landmarks to remember where you’re going because there are no street signs. There are just a lot of dirt paths that start to look the same. The Tonga people are so friendly and peaceful. Zambia is very peaceful, and the people greet you wherever you go. Here everyone looks out for one another and it feels very much like a community.
Health education has been quite a success at the local high school. The Senior 3 class was very interested in and had many questions about the previous HIV/AIDS education. I based the next class on their questions. The following week I chose malaria as the topic because of its prevalence in the area. The students were misinformed about transmission of malaria. They thought that it was transmitted through unsafe drinking water, as so many of the other common diseases. I think that this may have been a communication error in previous education about removing stagnant water which breeds mosquitoes. I continued health education in the general paper (essay) classes which I mentioned in my last update. Students have turned in the required information on their selected health topics. The topics they could choose from were as follows: malaria, food contamination, safe water, community safety, and HIV/AIDS . The students’ personal experience stories are educational for me and very eye-opening to the severity of these community health problems. The quality of their work varies widely. Ensuring that each student learns has involved individual study sessions after school hours. The students know where I am staying and come to visit me for help, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes by my request. I am in the process of grading the papers and discussing the topics with them. It has been helpful to the students to spend so much time discussing major health concerns in their community. This education has served a total of 112 students. Teachers also learn and ask questions.
All is going well here in Urubamba, Peru where my day begins at 4:45 am each morning. I wake up, get dressed, grab a quick bite to eat and head to the local bus station to catch an early bus to the local villages. By the time I arrive in the communities, it is 6:30 am. It is imperative for us to arrive in the villages as early as possible as the village families work in the fields in the morning so we must arrive before they set out for their daily routines.

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