After church we met with the pastor in his office and tried the local drink made from maize, which was interesting but I don't think any of us asked for seconds. Then in the church courtyard we ran a mobile clinic and saw some very interesting conditions, including what we thought were some benign tumors, as Melissa and Robin dressed a large ankle wound. Beckie gave out lots of reading glasses to the adults, which always generates big smiles. Some of these people have not been able to read anything for years, including the Bible. Cathy did her photography thing as the others - Marc, Jen, Cathy and Amy, took blood pressures and saw patients under the mango tree.
In the afternoon we all drove to the Macha Mission Hospital about an hour north. On the road we saw our first wild game of the trip: a monkey, several guinea fowl, and three water bucks. Getting all eleven of us into Leonard's van is always intersting. Luckily we are all still getting along very well. Thanks to Marc for squeezing into the trunk.
I have wanted to see the Macha Mission Hospital for many years, since I worked with one of their doctors, Dr. Phil Thuma (whose father founded the hospital over 50 years ago), when he was in Hershey. Dr. Thuma is back in the States right now, so our tour was conducted by their medical director Dr. John Spurrier. The hospital is quite large and has an excellent relationship with the district. The success they have had with malaria and HIV is amazing, and the research they do there is impressive.
We don't know yet what our day will be like tomorrow. Travel is somewhat restricted for the next few days due to the upcoming funeral on Tuesday for the late president Michael Sata, who passed away about a week ago.
All for now from Andy and the TPM Zambia team.
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