Jun 23 2016
By FGHL Jennifer Elia, M.D.I have spent the last 2 weeks working in the 5-bed Intensive Care Unit at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. The ICU here is actually one of the more developed and organized in all of Kenya.
By FGHL James Matthew Kynes, MDThe need for qualified health workers across sub-Saharan Africa is astounding, and it is humbling to meet people who are filling those needs by overcoming incredible odds.
FGHL Christopher Wahlfeld: Integrated approach to community health touches all aspects of daily life
Jun 17 2016
By FGHL Christopher WahlfeldMy first few weeks here have been spent getting acquainted with the community and Lwala’s approach to promoting health and well-being in the region.
By James Nardella, executive director of the Lwala Community AllianceAs a male, I now better understand that the barriers to maternal and child health care are not only resource barriers or technical barriers, but also moral and gender barriers.
Jun 13 2016
My 44-hour journey from Knoxville, TN to Zhengzhou, China was exhausting, but fairly easy and uneventful. During the 16-hour flight from JFK to Guangzhou, I had trouble sleeping due to anticipation of what was to come, which led to a migraine. The process to go through immigrations and customs was almost identical to that in the United States when arriving in Guangzhou. After a two-hour delay, I finally boarded my flight to Zhengzhou!
The flight seemed to take forever! Once I arrived and got my luggage, Shao and Dr. Liang Wang picked me up from the airport. They took me out to a traditional Chinese dinner which, unfortunately, did not go so well for me. Everything looked and smelled delicious, but I was so exhausted from traveling that I could not stomach any food. Luckily, they found a nice hotel room for me to relax at for the night. I am extremely grateful for all Shao and Dr. Wang do to make me feel comfortable in their home country. I am incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity and for all of the support I am receiving. Looking forward to the next two months!
May 15 2016
By Senator Bill Frist, MDI’m honored to be traveling in China this week on behalf of Hope Through Healing Hands as a member of the Global Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy. We will be spending eight days at the intersection of global health and nature, conservation and climate. Climate change disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people in the world, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how we can help both conservation efforts and global health.
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I hope you are all doing well back at home. I have really settled in here. I am loving the country and the people more and more each day. Work has been moving very quickly, that is why I have not been posting as often. The KAP study as been finalized and translated into Mongolian and the pilot study for that is currently being worked on. I am hoping that will be accomplished before I leave. For the Community Awareness Campaign, I have been working closely with the director of Mongolian Network Broadcasting to finalize the strategy for the Awareness Campaign. We are trying to bring awareness to viral hepatitis and liver cancer for the general population. I think this will also be finalized by the end of the week. We also launched a survey to the public that answers general questions about the current media environment for the general population. This will assist in planning for the Community Awareness Campaign. We asked questions about their usage of social media, TV, and other communication modes in addition to their preference for receiving medical information specific to viral hepatitis and liver cancer. I will keep you updated as we get more results from this survey. It is currently being given to the ger districts who may not have regular access to internet and social media.
I have also had time to explore the country a little bit more- especially outside the city. I went mountain biking with a group of expats a couple Saturdays ago. It was very challenging but great to get out of the city. Additionally, I went Terelj National Park last week- rode a camel, a horse and got some much needed fresh air! Also, Jesse Davis Quartet a jazz band from New Orleans played here the other night. It makes me realize how small a world it really is!I am really looking forward to sharing with the College about the different projects I have been working on. I am really excited to see the positive results in the future as well. Please enjoy pictures of the past couple of weeks below!