Zambia 2013

  • Focusing on Cervical Cancer on World Cancer Day

    Today is World Cancer Day, a day to talk about and discuss cancer and the myths surrounding the global disease. On World Cancer Day we are focusing our efforts on cervical cancer and its effects on women in poor countries. Last year I met a cervical cancer nurse, Susan Banda, at the N’Gombe Health Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia who said she is treating more and more women every day with cervical cancer. Africa has the highest rates of cervical cancer deaths at 270,000 each year. By 2030 it is estimated that 500,000 women will die from cervical cancer and 98% of those deaths will be in low and middle-income countries. Humanitarian organizations and governments are working to end the amount of cervical cancer deaths and diagnoses. USAID is working toward and funding asingle-visit approach to cervical cancer (pdf). Jhpiego...

  • New Needle-Free Malaria Test Could Be a Game Changer

    One of the most effective advancements in malaria testing has been the rapid diagnostic test. Easy to use and inexpensive it cut the wait time for diagnostics drastically and has made testing and treatment easier for frontline health workers around the world particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the prevalence of malaria is the highest. In countries like Zambia, for example, malaria treatments are up and the mortality rate for children under the age of five has decreased due in large part to rapid diagnostic tests. Now a new rapid diagnostic test may potentially be even more effective by not requiring a blood sample, but rather using a laser pulse to detect malaria infection. According to the New York Times the new rapid diagnostic test created by a team of researchers at Rice University led by physicist Dmitri O. Lapotko has the potential to...

  • On the Zambezi River

    There is beauty all around us. We just need to take a moment to see it. - Anonymous On the Zambezi River | Livingstone, Zambia This post originally appeared at Jennifer James on Tumblr.

  • Five Things I Love About Zambia

    As you can probably tell if you’ve read any of my other posts about my Zambia trip, I had an absolutely amazing time in the country. There are many reasons why I loved it so much, but here are my top five: I love the people After my trip to South Africa earlier in the year, I was expecting the people of Zambia to be friendly and I wasn’t disappointed. Everywhere we went we were greeted with warmth and affection. My overwhelming memory is the laughter that followed us wherever we went. At one clinic we visited the staff actually had to go outside and tell the women waiting to quieten down as they were laughing so loudly. Conversations always take place with a hand on the arm to stress a point or a friendly hug if...

  • Trying Zambia’s Local Beer and Food

    I need to start a tab for beer on this blog. I really do. It’s my favorite thing to drink when I travel to other countries because there is always a new, local beer you can try no matter where you are. Otherwise, every drink is exactly the same: Coke, 7-Up, Sprite, Fanta, coffee!   In Zambia, I loved tasting some of the local beers: Mosi, Castle (not pictured), and Windhoek. Castle is South African and Windhoek is Namibian, while Mosi is proudly Zambian, as they like to say. I read that many Zambians prefer light lagers, so Mosi really wasn’t that great to me. I often opted for Mosi Gold if it was available. I tried all of the beers – Mosi, Castle, and Windhoek – and liked Castle the best because it was...

  • Sunset Over the Zambezi

    The last few days of the trip have been spent off the grid, visiting some of the more remote parts of the country including the incredible Macha Research Trust, where some of the most cutting edge research into malaria (in particular), HIV and TB are carried out. I’ll be writing more about that another time. Today, we find ourselves in Livingston, and after an afternoon visiting the Livingston General Hospital, we were invited to the boat club to watch the sun set over the Zambezi river. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be at the legendary Zambezi, and I’m hoping to cross over to Zimbabwe tomorrow to see the Victoria Falls in all their glory! At left is a photo of my room at the David Livingston, complete with mosquito nets. Very important, as...

  • So You Want to Work in Global Health?

    With advances in healthcare and modern medicine, its often the poorest and most hard to reach people who get left behind. Careers in global health can take you on incredible adventures, and can be an rewarding way to use your science to make a difference to some of the world’s biggest health issues. What is more, there are diverse career paths into global health roles as a range of skills are needed, from mathematical modelling to medicine. Over the next couple of weeks, Naturejobs will be travelling to Zambia with the International Reporting Project to speak to people working on the front-line of global health, to discover what those jobs involve, what kinds of issues they are working on, what skills are needed, and to find out what it’s like working often far from home on some of the most...

  • Cosafa Cup Celebrations

    Last night, Zambians the country over were celebrating their 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup final. Loads of the kids were in face paint, like Marjorie who was at the boat club with her family to watch the game. Catherine de Lange is traveling to Zambia in 2013 on a reporting trip with the International Reporting Project. This post originally appeared on Catherine's website, Global Health in Zambia.

  • Photography Class

    Kids at the Fountain of Hope street Children’s Centre in Lusaka enjoyed playing photographer for the afternoon. Catherine de Lange is a journalist reporting on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB in Zambia on a trip with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • World Pulse on the Ground in Zambia

    After close to 30 hours of travel, I've arrived in Zambia! For those of you who don't know, I will be spending the next fifteen days in Lusaka and neighboring cities reporting on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis with the International Reporting Project. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with women on the ground who are on the front lines of these global health issues. For the next two weeks, I'll be updating regularly about my experience here in my World Pulse journal. I'll also be meeting with the amazing World Pulse ladies who hail from Zambia to help them tell their stories to a global audience. AND, at the end of the month, I'll be hosting a meet up of Zambian members in Lusaka. I can't wait! It will be a powerful experience to be...

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