A 28-member team of health care professionals from Duke University Medical Center is carrying nine tons of surplus medical equipment and donated supplies to the 1500-bed New Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Mulago Hospital staff will be trained to use and maintain the new equipment then surgeons from both countries will join in conducting a number of brain and spinal surgeries.

The project is administered by Duke’s Global Health Institute.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Flesh-eating Birds Terrorize Tourists

Michelle Gailiun writes:
OK, so this isn't the greatest picture. It was taken from a bus, and I feel the better for it. I'd read the description of these monster birds in a popular tourist guide, which I am paraphrasing here: The Marabou stork is a carrion-eating bird, almost five feet tall, with a large, expandable airsack below its head. Its black and white feathers resemble an undertaker's suit. They are found in rural and urban environments, especially in DOWNTOWN KAMPALA. No kidding, these guys are everywhere. Like I said, I really don't want to get any closer (although probably will, just to get a better shot). BTW - other interesting wildlife advice from the same guide: Never stand between a hippo and its water source and don't bathe in crocodile-infested waters.