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Tuesday, December 26, 2006  

Goin' to Tanzania, Kenya feel me now?

January will be a good month. Partly because it's a new year and everyone likes to be optimistic about a new year. But in addition, I'll be visiting a continent I've never before stepped foot on, and that's damn exciting. I'm heading to Tanzania and Kenya (for a whole month) in just a few days!

Even better, i'm heading there with 10 friends -- all resident physicians (and one faculty member) from the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine residency program. We're going to be doing two weeks of mobile medical clinic work in the rural town of Shirati, Tanzania -- a town that borders Lake Victoria in the northwest part of the country. After the two weeks of work, a few of us will be staying on to do some travelling -- Zanzibar, the Serengeti, Dar es Salaam, decide as we go, etc. And in the last few days of our trip, we head to Nairobi for the activist orgy otherwise known as the World Social Forum!

One of the residents in our program spearheaded this trip to Tanzania, as is becoming a nice tradition in our residency program. This past year, a few residents and faculty members worked in a rural hospital in Chiapas, Mexico for two weeks. And last year, residents organized a trip to Sri Lanka and a trip to Pakistan to assist with relief efforts post-tsunami and post-earthquake.

I'm stoked about this trip, although i'm frantically trying to get things organized for it. i'm hoping to post about it in the next few days before I leave, and then in the infrequent times that I'll have internet access in Tanzania and Kenya I'll try to post here. But the place to check out the posts from several of the residents is our unique Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Residency blog!

Kenya feel me now?

(cross-posted at Los Anjalis)

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posted by Unknown | 12/26/2006 01:09:00 AM | |


Great that you will be doing that circle. I will be doing a similar, but starting from the WSF in Nairobi, then Uganda and finishing in Mwanza Tanzania.

Ecological issues! Community Ecological Governance check our site on the wsf preparations- http://www.kenya-services.biz check the topic - will you be participating at the WSF 2007?

# posted by Blogger PGkay : 12/26/2006 1:50 AM  

were you there when the street kids raided the food? WOW!


# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : 1/24/2007 8:56 AM  

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