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November 07, 2007

Hello from Kisumu!

Our team arrived in Kisumu this morning. There are about 20 people from North America, and 20 from the local Kenya group. This includes surgeons, anesthesiologists and anesthetists, operating room nurses, pre- and post-op nurses, child-life specialists, speech pathologists, photographers, and a dentist!

We visited the hospital today and it is a bit on the old side, and quite sad walking through the wards. We definitely take our health care system in the U.S. for granted...we pay a lot, but we get a lot. (sorry...not going to get too public healthy...)

Africa is pretty amazing. There are many, many people and there is significant poverty. Streets in the towns look like one big flea market as everything is sold on the sidewalks. Boda-bodas are bicycles with seat on the back behind the driver fgor paying customers. I haven't ridden on yet! Oh...there are monkeys playing outside the hotel and I heard some growls from hippopotami in the lake behind the hotel.

Tomorrow we perform screening examinations for those patients who are coming for evaluations. Different stations for screening...by the surgeons, speech pathologists, anesthesiologis, and the dentist (me!). I'm hoping another dentist from Nairobi will join me but so far there have been logistical issues. You have to be really, really patient here in Africa. Things go at a snails paste. I've found that out and I've only been here a day!

Thanks for reading this blog and if you have any questions about Operation Smile and/or Africa, fire away...I'll try to answer.

"Dr. Z"

Posted by szwetch at November 7, 2007 01:28 PM


Hi Sam,

Thanks for posting! Its great to hear about your adventures in Kisimu. Is there anyway we could contribute to this effort by sending money or things? Look forward to reading more -- and making comments now that I am an official U of M "friend" with access to all sorts of U of Mich resources :-). Love from your sister, Rebecca

Posted by: rubyss@comcast.net at November 8, 2007 09:34 AM

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