The Suffocating Union

Caged and tamed is how she would have me But wild and free is how I was meant to be This union finds no compromise Yet this union staggers on   Her chatty company fills my days Yet sadness and loneliness fills my heart This union feels so phony Yet to the world overly unpretentious… Continue reading The Suffocating Union

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Swapping the emergency rooms for the community 

People often ask me how I manage to do the work that I do, and my answer is always the same, I can't imagine doing anything else and being satisfied. Being a doctor in a third world country is different from how medical practice is portrayed on television shows like Grey's Anatomy or House. It's… Continue reading Swapping the emergency rooms for the community 

Amai’s dam: A traveller’s perspective 

There have been rumours that the infamous "Amai" recently acquired herself a dam (which is what we, the villagers, call a lake, in case you get confused). She just woke up one day and declared that the dam was hers, yes you got that right, hers. These rumours have not been substantiated but as we… Continue reading Amai’s dam: A traveller’s perspective 

Obesity, Africa’s pending epidemic 

Traditionally in African societies being overweight has been regarded as a sign of wealth and high social status. People have been encouraged to become obese from a young age either consciously or subconsciously. All of us have encountered obesity being encouraged by statements such as, "You are gaining weight, things must be going well for… Continue reading Obesity, Africa’s pending epidemic 

Terminal illness and death, an African perspective 

We all die eventually, even those who seem invincible will find themselves face to face with their mortality. While mankind has accepted this reality, the actual process of dying haunts even the bravest amongst us. Some more advanced societies ( or primitive depending on your point of view) have used the idea of life after… Continue reading Terminal illness and death, an African perspective 

Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (part 2)

Im my previous post (which I encourage you to read if u have not), I introduced the topic of breastfeeding with a focus on an African mother. I discussed the technique of breastfeeding, introducing supplementary feeds as well as formula feeding. As promised I will conclude that discussion in this second part, which is just… Continue reading Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (part 2)

Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (Part 1)

Breastfeeding is not unique to African mothers and neither is it a new thing, however many issues around this simple act of feeding a baby are unique to Africa and they warrant discussion. After working in a neonatal as well as a paediatric unit for a few years I have noted with great concern a… Continue reading Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (Part 1)