Blog for Volunteers4Humanity
Volunteers4Humanity - Providing free medical and dental care worldwide.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Memorial Day Volunteers
Venous Thromboembolism.
West Africa: Good and Bad News
Crisis at Sea-Modern Day Boat People
Liberia is Ebola-Free!

Categories

415-Bed Lira Hospital serves 4 million people
DC Circle of Friends
Volunteer Update

Archives

May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013

powered by

Blog for Volunteers4Humanity

Memorial Day Volunteers

Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 commemorates those that died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  It was originally named "Decoration Day," in 1868 by the Union's Grand Army of the Republic after the American Civil War.  However by the 20th century, Union and Confederate veteran holiday traditions merged and Memorial Day was established to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.  Memorial Day is also accepted as an unofficial marker designating the beginning of summer.

Venous Thromboembolism.

On May 20, 2015, from 8am to 9am Pacific Time; live from Napa Valley, California on Gotomeeting.com, Dr. Gude will speak on the management of Venous Thromboembolism. This conference presents an excellent opportunity to view this presentation, in live time, and ask your questions. Please check for the time in your part of the world! 
Meeting Password: osc
Meeting ID: 676-061-757
International Times for this Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00AM PDT 
New York- at 11:00AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 

West Africa: Good and Bad News

Good and bad news surfaces as West Africa emerges from the Ebola crisis. The good news first. Within the last week, the World Health Organization(WHO) announced that Liberia was Ebola-Free while Guinea had seven cases, and Sierra Leone had two.

Leading the Health Systems and Innovation cluster at WHO, France's Dr. Marie Kieny was optimistic. At a recent news briefing in Switzerland she proclaimed: "The best news is we are going to zero cases; there is absolutely no doubt about that," she said. However having no cases of Ebola presents a huge obstacle to the development of new vaccines and therapeutic regimes against Ebola. Reportedly, in lieu of eradicating Ebola, clinical trials conducted by in part by International Pharmaceutical Giants: GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and New Link Genetics may fail to provide adequate data on a vaccine's efficacy as the number of Ebola have cases dramatically fell. 

Crisis at Sea-Modern Day Boat People

Southeast Asia is facing a humanitarian crisis not seen in recent years as thousands of refugees known as the Rohingya people are fleeing Burma, now known as Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The Boston Globe reports that the mass exodus of the long-persecuted Muslim minority was fueled by three years of attacks by the Buddist majority. In Myanmar, the Sydney Morning Herald adds that the Rohingya are denied the protections of citizenship, forbidden from marrying without government permission, and can be jailed for relations outside of wedlock.

Liberia is Ebola-Free!

Since it has been over forty-two days since the last victim of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever was buried, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be free of EBOLA! This announcement is an important step as the West African country begins its long journey towards normalcy. With Ebola's latest appearance, many Liberians feared using the medical facilities as they were thought to be sanctuaries for the virus. The epidemic's impact on Liberia's economy was also ...severe. Ama Egyaba Baidu-Forson, an economist at IHS Global Insight who focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, previously reported that she was decreasing her growth estimates for Liberia. Earlier she warned that prices would rise as food, and other staples became scarce and that the Liberian government could run up huge budget deficits in fighting Ebola. Some believed that multinational corporations operating in Liberia such as Canadian Overseas Petroleum, Caterpillar Inc, ExxonMobil, British Airways, Chevron, and Tawana Resources could have been exposed to temporary losses with a prolonged Ebola presence.

Nepal's Second Earthquake

Most International News Media Outlets are reporting the newest series of earthquakes rumbling through eastern Kathmandu on May 12, 2015.  The first quake, a 7.3 whopper, reportedly occurred at 12.35 p.m. (local time) in the town of Namche Bazar. According to the National Geologic Service, this is the second major earthquake, within the past three weeks directly affecting Nepal, 

According to  Google, the village ofNamche Bazaris near to Tibet and resides about 75 kilometers east of Kathmandu.

The Canadian Red Cross














 TheInternational Red Cross and Red Crescent Societiesare the parent organizations of 189 Red Cross agencies across the globe. These organizations, such as theCanadian Red Cross, not only provide blood, but they train volunteers in personal disaster assistance, emergency response team and disaster response team capacities. 
 CBC News reports that last Thursday advance members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team began heading to Nepalese villages outside the capital Kathmandu to evaluate the ravaged area.

Alcoholic Cirrhosis

On May 6, 2015, live from California on Gotomeeting.com
Dr. Gude will speak on the pathogenesis, management and treatment ofAlcoholic Cirrhosis. This is an excellent opportunity to understand and ask your question about this disease. Please check for the time in your part of the world!

International Times for this Conference
San Francisco-at 8:00AM PDT 
New York- at 11:00AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00PM BST 

The Red Cross in Nepal

As the death toll from the last week's tragedy approaches 10,000, humanitarian support from various countries, organizations, and volunteers are responding the Nepal's need for help.  The Red Cross has divisions located in most countries of the world. The are working together to respond to this crisis.
     Noriko Takasaki reporting on theJapanese Red Cross Society(JRCS) writes that they arrived in the Melamchi village. The village is positioned about 25km NE of Kathmandu and is a severest stricken area.

Miracle Rescue in Nepal

  1. Associated Press writers Binaj Gurubacharya, Foster Klug and Johnson Lai in Kathmandu, and Nirmala George in New Delhi described the accounts of finding two survivors amidst the Kathmandu rubble five days after the massive earthquake.Pempa Tamang, a 15-year-old boy, and Krishna Devi Khadka, a young lady quoted to be in her 20s were disentangled from the debris. Although they were in the same neighborhood, they were discovered at different locations. The news of rescuing these survivors has instilled hope of finding others alive.

Typhoid Fever-LIVE on April 29, 2015

Live on Gotomeeting.com A distinguished panel of international physicians will speak on Typhoid Fever. Please check your local time for this live conference. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/265890261


Panel of Experts:
James K Gude, MD
Medical Director, Global Offsite Care 
ALEX ANDEMA, MD
AMA Director, Kabale Hospital, Uganda 
EDWARD KYOMUG STA, MD
Telemedicine Coordinator, Kabale Hospital, Uganda
KRMA ANDREW, MD
Attending Physician, Kabale Hospital, Uganda

International Times for this Conference

Nepal's Killer Earthquake


 At 6:14am on April 25, 2015 Nepal was rocked by the a 7.9 magnitude earthquake! Its epicenter was plotted at 58 km from Bharatpur, Nepal. This was thelargest earthquaketo hit the area since the early 1900. The quake and aftershocks were so powerful that they could be felt in northern India, Bangladesh, Tibet/China and Pakistan. Overnight Kathmandu has been transformed into a city of tents, with thousands of residents exposed to the chilling rain. 
  CBS News correspondent Charlie D'agata interviewed World Vision's Deepesh Paul Thaka.

World Malaria Day-April 25, 2015

                                
      The Nobel Prize and Malaria
The word malaria or "mal'aria" is Italian in origin and translated means "bad air". The credit for first using this word to describe modern day malaria is attributed to the Italian physician Francisco Torti(1658-1741). Around the 1740, Dr. Torti used this term to describe a disease process that was prevalent in repugnant marshy areas.

World Earth Day-April 22, 2015

.In 1969, Time magazine did a feature titled "America's Sewage System and the Price of Optimism".  According to Time, the article featured a picture of the Cuyahoga River and explained how the river is a constant fire hazard because of quantities of oil deposited in it by numerous industries in the Cleveland area. The author did not intend to declare the dangers of an "unchecked" industrial revolution.  However, the article and photo did just that.  Soon after publication, Earth Day was formed.  Today, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd, in more than 192 countries!  

IBS to Gastroparesis and the GI Spectrum
















Offsite Teaching Rounds with the University of San Francisco's Dr. Gude. This is an excellent opportunity to hear and ask questions with one of the world's recognized physicians. The conference will be hosted at Gotomeeting
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/675614133
International Time of Conference
Los Angeles Tues, April 21, 2015 at 8:00AM PDT 
New York Tues, April 21, 2015 at 11:00AM EDT 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)Tues, April 21, 2015 at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)Tues, April 21, 2015 at 12:00pmBRT