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Our Medoutreach experience

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Marc Lipkus (Meds 2014)

Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital is a rural hospital in Tanzania about 45 minutes outside the city of Arusha. For one of our medical observerships, the MedOutreach 2011 team stayed on the hospital campus and did clinical officer shadowing in the operating room and wards of the hospital. After the first minute walking through you could list about 10 striking differences between our hospitals here and this rural African hospital. Before even stepping foot inside the building, roosters clucking around the grass surrounding the open environment hospital, or a dog roaming around begging for food were the first obvious differences. Once into the halls, you could see that the best option for air circulation was a bed in close proximity to an open window. Patient privacy consisted of rolling drapes. Also, it is hard to maintain a sterile environment in the OR when in some cases there isn’t even running water – very different to the luxuries of North American hospitals. Continue Reading

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Asante Sana Tanzania!

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Supriya Singh (Meds 2014)

This past summer, I travelled to Tanzania with Medoutreach and had the opportunity to experience firsthand the rich Tanzanian culture. From the moment I stepped off the plane, I felt at home. Everyone is so friendly and I felt like a celebrity walking down the street because everyone comes to talk to you, smiles as they pass by, and wishes you good day. There is so much love in Tanzania. After only a few weeks in the city of Arusha, the locals knew us by name and would call us the “mzungu” doctors who have come to help. Something as little as a kind stranger’s smile and greeting of “mambo” really made my day. Continue Reading

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