Head Injury

From falling off the bed, to crashing the bicycle, to colliding on the sports field, head injuries are common in childhood. Head injuries range from minor to quite serious.  As a parent in a limited resource setting, it’s important to know how to prevent head injuries, what to look for, and when to go to theContinue reading “Head Injury”

Malaria Prevention

Malaria is a parasite that is spread by the Anopheles mosquito.  The mosquito must bite a person that is infected with malaria. The parasite matures inside the mosquito.  Then, about a week later the mosquito bites another person, infecting them with malaria.  It takes another 10 days to 4 weeks before the infected person starts showing symptoms.  There areContinue reading “Malaria Prevention”

Breastfeeding in Africa

Growing up in Africa I loved to go visiting with my parents because there was always a baby to hold. The whole time my mom was talking, I was playing with the youngest baby of the family.  When it was time to go, the family would make a big show of saying I should take theContinue reading “Breastfeeding in Africa”

COVID-19: Malawi’s next normal

There’s textbook medicine and then there’s the real world. This public health message to take your wife to the hospital by bicycle or ox cart captures how healthcare needs and messages vary significantly based on the setting. So, let’s acknowledge that how we live with COVID-19 in Africa will vary as well. COVID-19 is hereContinue reading “COVID-19: Malawi’s next normal”