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  • LeavingLeaving Zambia today!! I can't quite believe it's been six months since I wrote my first couple of blog posts. I've got a couple to write still - one about the last couple of weeks, and then a nice reflective piece which Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Jul 14, 2014
  • Traditional BeliefsMany of our patients come to the hospital when they have not got better following a visit to a Traditional Healer. Equally, many leave when they feel that they are not getting the results from our Western medicine and so Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Jun 29, 2014
  • Animals and their bonesIt’s been a bit quiet on the blog for a couple of weeks – mainly because of on-call weekends and then power cuts scuppering my attempts to use my laptop. Life has carried on much the same as pre-holiday (apart Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Jun 26, 2014
  • HolidayingI haven’t been writing for the last few weeks because I’ve been on holiday! I travelled to Lusaka, the capital, by bus to meet William from the airport. It was the first of quite a few long bus journeys over the Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Jun 8, 2014
  • Baboons, kittens and dogsA baboon has arrived in the hospital grounds – he’s on his own and so maybe has been abandoned by his troop. I’ve never seen one here before, and neither have many other people. I am pretty cross with him Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | May 11, 2014
  • ZambiaSoon after the chameleon rescue, we were quite surprised to find a nearly deserted Zambian immigration office. Passports were stamped very quickly and had no vehicle loop to clear so we were in a taxi on the way to our Posted by gregandissy in There and back again | May 8, 2014
  • WinningOn my blog, I have talked about the many challenges we face working in a very resource poor environment. I have written about some of the patients who arrive too late and are therefore too sick for us to be Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | May 4, 2014
  • Zambian birthday celebrationsIt has been a tough couple of weeks for me. Irene has been on holiday (and it sounds like she had an amazing time on an Upper Zambezi canoe trip, at the Kariba Dam and in Livingstone) and the Zambian Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Apr 27, 2014
  • Beaten againZambians are generally incredibly laid back – in fact, sometimes if they were more relaxed, I think they would go backwards. Whenever you meet someone, it’s always right here to greet them and then ask each other how they are Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Apr 13, 2014
  • PressuresIt’s been so hot for the past few days but no more rain seems to be coming. I haven’t been able to sleep too well because of the heat. I’m grateful for some cloud cover today because I actually have Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Apr 6, 2014
  • Daily Amusements (mainly in OPD)Daily Amusements The outpatient department here has two “general medical rooms” – Room 12 staffed by clinical officers and Room 13 by doctors. Room 12 is open 24 hours every day and is the entry point for out of hours admissions Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 30, 2014
  • Triumphs and TearsLuckily we have internet so did find out the final rugby. Well done to the Irish (for all the Irish reading this blog) but obviously the English amongst us were pretty disappointed. Not sure which side of the fence the Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 23, 2014
  • A mixed weekJust finished making a batch of a variation on welsh cakes with ginger instead of dried fruit – I’m taking them round to Laura’s house for brunch, however I must confess to having eaten two spread with butter (or Blue Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 16, 2014
  • FoodHere at New Day Orphanage, we like to experiment with making different foods. While there's a store roughly 45 minutes away that holds many things, you have to basically make things from scratch here. If not, you just make what Posted by WorldRun in Getting Started | Mar 10, 2014
  • Which language?There are 72 languages spoken in Zambia. The local language is Nyanja and I am sadly only able to speak very short (usually one word) phrases to my patients currently to be able to ask a few basic questions as Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 8, 2014
  • Wot no blood?In the Second World War, there were a series of cartoons entitled “Wot No”, with the latest rationed item, designed to be an amusing commentary on the situation of very short supplies. This reminds me slightly of our Tuesday morning clinical Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 8, 2014
  • Settling inIt’s now been nearly four weeks since arriving in Zambia. My journey here was fairly easy – two Ethiopian Airlines flights with a three hour stop-over in Addis Ababa arriving at midday. I was picked up from the airport and Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 8, 2014
  • Day by DayA reference to Godspell for all those rehearsing – I am thinking of you, hope all’s going well. I thought I’d tell you about what I’m actually doing here, as I suppose that’s what you’re most interested in. I’m part of Posted by DrHannah in Dr Hannah in Zambia | Mar 8, 2014
  • Story TimeHaving being gone for just over a month now, I will recap some of my favorite memories, including pictures. Okay, here we go: Stored Memory #1: Spanish Helper Before one of my flights, a guy asked me about the book I Posted by WorldRun in Getting Started | Feb 14, 2014
  • Vacation!We've had a great several days of vacation since we wrapped up our work at Zimba on Friday. There was no shortage of work before we left, though - we had our first late-night C-section of the month Thursday night Posted by vagabundos in Ben and Mariel in Zambia | Feb 5, 2014
  • SchedulingThere are schedules and routines everywhere you go. Zambia is no exception. Bellow is a list of my day to day schedule, complete with the Zambian time. **Note: Bellow is Zambian time. Most people will be 8 hours behind this time. Posted by WorldRun in Getting Started | Jan 31, 2014
  • Photo timeWell, we're starting our last week here at Zimba Mission Hospital. It has been a really good rotation, despite the hard situations. This weekend was busy but good - yesterday we did 3 C-sections (one for cord prolapse after a Posted by vagabundos in Ben and Mariel in Zambia | Jan 26, 2014
  • A hard weekThis week has been hard. The following is an excerpt from my journal of our time here from yesterday. It was hard to live and probably hard to read, not to mention sprinkled with medical terminology. This is the reality Posted by vagabundos in Ben and Mariel in Zambia | Jan 24, 2014
  • Trading PlacesNo, not the Eddie Murphy movie. Ben and I have swapped roles in the hospital - now I am working in maternity while he covers the medical ward. Maternity encompasses several areas: the postpartum ward, which is full of the mothers Posted by vagabundos in Ben and Mariel in Zambia | Jan 20, 2014
  • Hello, My Name Is___________School has begun, workers continue to work around the compound and I keep meeting new people, which means more new names for me to learn. It occurred to me that here in Zambia, on this compound, I have been called Posted by WorldRun in Getting Started | Jan 14, 2014
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