Volunteering in Africa
Disillusioned with hospital medicine, this doctor ventured abroad
- By: David Thomas Jenkins, Laura Jane Veal
Disillusioned with hospital medicine? Unsure about specialist training? Need a new challenge in life? If the answer is yes then why not volunteer for Africa? “Zikomo kwambili,” we heard whispered as yet another young child left the consulting room. Satisfied with her prescription for paracetamol and flucloxacillin and with a promise to return for review in two days she limped painfully into the corridor, only able to stand with the support of her parents. Little did she know that if she had presented with a fever of 38.8°C and a red, hot, swollen left knee in the United Kingdom she would have been admitted for intravenous antibiotics and possibly a joint aspiration and washout. The nearest hospital is more than three hours away by car, however, in the small Malawian village of Cape Maclear, and intravenous antibiotics are a luxury that is just not available.
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