Tag Archives: surgery

Is there a surgeon in the country?

In an opinion piece this week in The New York Times, journalist Sarika Bansal writes about the lack of surgical care in sub-Saharan Africa. She cites some staggering statistics, among them a conservative estimate that 56 million people in sub-Saharan … Read More

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Expect nothing, be grateful for everything – an emergency medicine resident in Nicaragua

[This is the first in a series of posts by David Carbonell, MD, a third-year resident in emergency medicine at UNC Hospitals.  In November 2011, Dr. Carbonell spent a month in León, Nicaragua on rotation with Project Health de León.  … Read More

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The thin, red line of motherhood in Malawi

Two women stood across this red line outside the operating room at Bwaila hospital Freedom from Fistula Foundation clinic in Lilongwe, Malawi last week. Each was asked if we could take her photo to share with people from different countries … Read More

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Pediatric heart surgery in Kampala, Uganda

Want to learn about what UNC is doing to help children with heart defects in Uganda?  Watch the video.

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Treating trauma patients during Malawi's rainy season

[Post sent in by Jonathan Samuel, a UNC surgical resident working in Malawi] It’s the rainy season now.  During the short downpours, you get drenched walking 10 feet from your car to the house, and the roads flood after five … Read More

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A surgeon's perspective

[Author Jon Samuel is a surgical resident at UNC.  He spent 2008-2009 in Malawi and will spend 2009-2010 as a fellow of the NIH Fogarty International Center.] The easiest way for me to share my perspective on being here in … Read More

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