Back from Tanzania (with pictures)
The trip was very eventful. Most importantly we visited with the dermatologists at the RDTC (Regional Dermatological Training Center) at KCMC (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center). The discussion was very fruitful and we were surprised to find how much experience they have had with teledermatology already. Without spoiling the ending, there are a lot of problems facing health care in Eastern Africa and, dermatology is generally given a fairly low priority. Especially in rural villages where the local nurse/doctor/specialist/random-person-in-a-white-coat is seen as an all-knowing “if the doctor can’t fix it no one else can” type person.
On Saturday we took a day off and headed to Marangu village on the lush south side of a Kilimanjaro. There our guide, Praise (picture), took us around and explained how life there had been and is. We eventually tried local brews called Banana Beer and Banana Wine. To the best of our knowledge there is no difference between the two except for the alcoholic content (beer = 5%, wine = 10%). The local pub (picture), served the millet filled banana beer out of a large blue tub in traditional cups.
Take a look in the pictures section, since there are now a lot of new pictures. We have also migrated from Flickr to Picasa in the pictures section since this works better with our low bandwidth.