Independence Day

Sixty nine years ago today, India became independent. I remember being captivated while reading “Freedom at Midnight”, Collins and Lapierre’s book of the events leading up to the 15th of August 1947. I was hoping to go to the Red Fort in Delhi to witness the celebrations, but the whole area has been cordoned off… Continue reading Independence Day

Kakumbi Clinic – my final days

Yesterday, as I drove to the clinic, I saw a man at the roadside, flagging me down. Normally, I wouldn’t stop (the medical association discourages picking up hitchhikers), but this man was in uniform. And he was carrying a very large rifle. I pulled over and he got into the cabin. We greeted each other… Continue reading Kakumbi Clinic – my final days

Excrement

Several months ago, I mentioned in a blog that an infusion of elephant dung is a traditional remedy to treat hypertension. About half of what elephants consume passes through its intestines without the nutrients being digested or absorbed, so it is just possible that vegetation could contain chemicals with an anti-hypertensive action. But I would… Continue reading Excrement

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Being an old bloke, I don’t often think about periods. But I have to, and during the course of my work, I have seen some fairly unsavoury methods of dealing with menstruation. However, a local charitable, non-government organisation called Project Luangwa has tackled the problem of sanitary protection in this corner of Zambia and come… Continue reading Menstrual Hygiene Day

Top and Tail

Headgear for children is very important in Zambia. It makes a statement. But I wonder what their mothers were trying to say? But don’t forget footwear. But for the full effect, check out this fashion victim who features in both sets of photographs above

Mass Deworming

There’s an old joke about a woman who painted her doorstep pink. When asked why she did it, she said that it kept the elephants out of the house. “Elephants? That’s just ridiculous!” replied the questioner and the woman said, “Ah, but you have never seen any elephants in my house, have you?” I have… Continue reading Mass Deworming

Logo’d Up

This phrase comes from the TV comedy series “The Royle Family”, when baby David is decked out in clothes with fashionable labels. I was reminded of this when doing a mobile children’s clinic in a nearby village. It seemed that all the mothers were competing to present their child in their Sunday best outfits. Of… Continue reading Logo’d Up

Desmond Doktah

The dwindling band of regular readers of my blog may recall the story in 2014 of a Zambian child who would shout out “Doktah! Doktah!” whenever I drove past their house just a hundred metres from the clinic. It didn’t matter if the little girl was having a bath in a tin tub or squatting… Continue reading Desmond Doktah