March 10, 2008
Julius Monday's Good Fight
When a mysterious and highly contagious virus killed many in Bundibugyo and left hundreds severely ill, doctors were baffled. "At first, Kikyo residents thought people from the lower areas of Bundibugyo were using black magic against them," said Julius Monday, head of Kikyo Health Centre IV, the epicentre of the epidemic. As many people succumbed to the virus, both doctors and patients at Kikyo and Bundibugyo health centres fled from what they termed as Kikyo disease. This left Kikyo with only two staff. Rather than flee, Monday stayed to help his people.
Read complete story by Frederick Womakuyu for New Vision (Kampala, Uganda) - Mar 2
The Saintly Doctor and Krishna's Curse
Dr. Ramniklal Doshi runs the Ravishanker Maharaj Eye Hospital, the centerpiece of the Gujurat Blind Relief and Health Association. The doctor, a wise, pious fellow who owns only two white linen outfits and walks barefoot with a wooden cane, has spent the bulk of his 92 years saving the eyesight of poor people in Gujurat state and beyond. His work began in 1949 when he, along with his guru and hospital co-founder Ravishakner Maharaj, began hosting eye camps in villages. (Maharaj died in 1986.) “We had no money. We had no medicine,” said Doshi, “but we were doctors.” Eventually, donations came in, and the camps were a success. He’d spend his mornings working his private practice and his afternoons doing public service. To date, they’ve served more than 604,000 patients and performed nearly 150,000 eye operations.
Read complete story by Matt Kettmann for the Santa Barbara Independent - Mar 3
More about Dr. Doshi on iJourney.org by Guri Mehta.
Operation Smile Provides Free Surgery in Hinche, Haiti
An Operation Smile team of international medical volunteers will be in Hinche, Haiti, from March 3-9, where they will provide free physical examinations and reconstructive surgery to children suffering with facial deformities. More than 20 Operation Smile medical and non-medical volunteer team members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and others, will care for children who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. This is Operation Smile’s first medical mission in the country of Haiti and is part of a collaboration with Partners In Health, a non-profit corporation active in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the United States, that provides a preferential option for the poor in health care.
Read complete story by TransWorldNews - Mar 7
Africa Partnership Station delivers gift of hope to Ghana
In partnership with Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), a private voluntary organization with an emphasis on advancing health through humanitarian assistance and education worldwide, Africa Partnership Station (APS) delivered more than $500,000 worth of medicine, supplies and equipment here March 5.
Read complete story by United States European Command - Mar 7
Related story: Africa Partnership Station makes Ghanaian Midwife training possible through Project Hope
Humanitarian journey takes local attorney to Tanzania
Crown attorney and former nurse Elizabeth Ives-Ruyter recently fulfilled a lifelong desire to volunteer as a nurse, spending two weeks in Tanzania, Africa working with an organization that provides basic health care to isolated African villages. In July she learned about the Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) from Lloyd and Earla Koch, who have frequently travelled to Tanzania to distribute medical and school supplies to a number of small African communities.
Read complete story by Tina Peplinskie for The Daily Observer (Ottawa, Canada) - Mar 8