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Ghana Project - A Better Future

A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.

But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.

Several put the bricks together, one puts them into the brick press machine and another pulls them out, every

Ghana Project - A Better Future

A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.

But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.

Several put the bricks together, one puts them into the brick press machine and another pulls them out, every

Bricks of Promise

It wasn't just a brick. It was a literal and figurative building block — a brick that promised sustainability, friendship and a better future for a small village in Ghana. It's a piece of building material that has unified people on both sides of an ocean, a brick that portends commerce, culture, health and home. A brick that heralds vocation, growth and change to a village named Okurase. But the first brick Moore held was the remnant of disappointment.

Project Okurase — Nkabom Centre

Project Okurase is a partnership among people in South Carolina; Okurase, Ghana; England;

Bricks of Promise

It wasn't just a brick. It was a literal and figurative building block — a brick that promised sustainability, friendship and a better future for a small village in Ghana. It's a piece of building material that has unified people on both sides of an ocean, a brick that portends commerce, culture, health and home. A brick that heralds vocation, growth and change to a village named Okurase. But the first brick Moore held was the remnant of disappointment.

Project Okurase — Nkabom Centre
Project Okurase is a partnership among people in South Carolina; Okurase,

Full circle: Sweetgrass basket idea leads to African neck brace First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

Carlee and Dr. Reeves,

Thanks for the hints. There are two Cornell residents and one Dartmouth med student currently at Bugando. They seem to be great and are going to make this a fun experience. On Friday we went to a lecture on the relationship between STi's and HIV that was given by a visiting professor of epidemiology from London School of Hygiene. It was a very informative evidence based lecture at a local research and epidemiology institute just outside of town. On Friday I got to the hospital around noon and just scratched the surface on meeting the anesthesia group, so

First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

Carlee and Dr. Reeves,
Thanks for the hints. There are two Cornell residents and one Dartmouth med student currently at Bugando. They seem to be great and are going to make this a fun experience. On Friday we went to a lecture on the relationship between STi's and HIV that was given by a visiting professor of epidemiology from London School of Hygiene. It was a very informative evidence based lecture at a local research and epidemiology institute just outside of town. On Friday I got to the hospital around noon and just scratched the surface on meeting the anesthesia group, so

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia Resident’s Perspective

BY: ROB BARTLETT, MD

It has been two weeks since I returned from Tanzania. Every day I am confronted with situations that take me back to my time at Bugando Medical Center. These are especially evident as I work within an American medical system that is touted as the best in the world with what seems to be unlimited resources and skilled practitioners. Anesthesia in particular has become one of the safest specialties thanks to expensive resources like improved drugs, monitors and equipment. Operating within this American model it is often easy to forget that we are fortunate

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia Resident’s Perspective

This post was written by Rob Bartlett, MD

It has been two weeks since I returned from Tanzania. Every day I am confronted with situations that take me back to my time at Bugando Medical Center. These are especially evident as I work within an American medical system that is touted as the best in the world with what seems to be unlimited resources and skilled practitioners. Anesthesia in particular has become one of the safest specialties thanks to expensive resources like improved drugs, monitors and equipment. Operating within this American model it is often easy to forget

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia's Matt McEvoy

BY: MATT MCEVOY, MD

Again, I am excited by the educational opportunities at Bugando. Rob’s efforts are reflective of what can happen as our department makes a concerted effort over the next 5-10 years at Bugando. (For a vision of where we can be headed, read Peters JL, et al. Anesthesia Teaching in Ghana: A 10-Year Experience. Intl Anesthes Clin, 2010; 48:23–37) There are only 2 nurse anesthetist schools in Tanzania, a country of 40 million people! Thus, the graduates there will treat a vast population of people in need. The stories that we could tell, the memories that we

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