More flooding in the Chaco

April 15, 2012

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Last year I had a lot of problems accessing my study communities because of heavy rains and flooding.  But they are calling this year’s flooding the worst in 14 years. Integrationville and Isolationville were cut off by flooding over three weeks ago, and a State of Emergency has been declared for the entire Chaco region […]

Posted in: Fieldwork

Camping in Ybycu’i National Park

March 26, 2012

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Natural swimming pool with waterfalls.  *contented sigh*

I am still waiting for permission to start new data collection in the Chaco.  In the meantime I keep busy in Asunción by analyzing last year’s samples in the lab during the week, and I’ve been looking for fun things to do on weekends.  So I was really excited to be invited on the annual […]

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It’s World TB Day

March 24, 2012

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It’s World TB Day.  Some links for you: The current situation with the spread of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB is alarming.  The best prevention for tuberculosis is finding and successfully treating patients.  We urgently need to improve case finding, diagnosis, and treatment.  How can you help?  Put pressure on your government to restore funding to […]

Rounds with the Unidad de Salud Familiar (Family Health Unit)

March 23, 2012

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Checking blood pressure

My last post has an awesome video produced by a USF in the Paraguayan Chaco.  They work in the area of the Chaco where my four new study communities are located.  Today I’m going to share some photos from a couple of days spent with another USF (the one responsible for my original two study […]

Posted in: Global Health

On the front lines of global health

March 3, 2012


Preparing USF presentation

Paraguay is rolling out a new primary healthcare strategy called Atencion Primaria a Salud (A.P.S.).  I mentioned it last year when I attended a workshop on health promotion and leprosy.  Basically, the Ministry of Health is trying to provide a Unidad de Salud Familiar (U.S.F.), that is a “Family Health Unit”, consisting of a doctor, […]

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Why did the yacare cross the road?

February 27, 2012

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So I could finally get a photo of a live one!! (As opposed to dead ones.)

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Working with vulnerable communities

February 24, 2012


House in an Angaite community, Paraguay

While my community meetings have always ended on a very positive note, I want to be clear that it is not easy to establish a good working relationship in vulnerable communities.  You don’t just waltz into town one day and they welcome you with open arms.  My previous post may give that impression, but we […]