Finally getting started!

Ok, it’s about a month later and I’m finally getting my act together. When I came back from my Medecins sans frontieres training in Germany, I spoke with the local office who told me that there was NOTHING for the forseeable future and that I should just keep them aprised as to my availability. I was despondent!!! Until they called me less than 24 hours later to tell me that I was going to Malawi–in 4 days! This is what my apartment looked like.

Several days later and an unexpected yellow fever vaccine shot, I found myself in the most laid back of African countries, where I was greeted by a local delicacy: mice on a stick! I thought they were plants that the guys were waving on the road, but no, it was boiled field mice nailed to a stick. Yummy! Welcome to Malawi and the wonderful world of mosquito nets–even in winter.

 

Originally posted July 26, 2010.

2 thoughts on “Finally getting started!

    1. Hi Shoada,

      As you can imagine, this was an amazing experience. The main photo was taken outside one of the main MSF sponsored HIV/AIDS treatment hospitals in the country. Thanks to the many efforts of MSF and other organizations like them, the prevalence of HIV in Malawi decreased by almost 30% in a 5 year period and it continues to decline.

      Development aid works! Now if only ‘some people’ would listen…

      Best,
      Dr. Mo

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