Crew from WOU
                        in Tanzania

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After Day 18

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No electricity

Six AM and no electricity. There wasn't any last evening either so everyone went to their rooms and to bed at 7:30. Sleep was complete with restless with many visual checks to see if the power came on during the night. Never. So down in the dark and up in the dark. Thans to wind-up flashlight we can at least find our clothes.

Eight-fifteen and the vehicle, a rented van, finally arrived as our transportation to the OFF office. The driverdidn't know how to find the plantation and drove by on the side road several times before calling Adve at which time we walked out tot he end of the road to falg him down. On the way to the office we found that we needed to give directions, left on Nairobi, right on Nairobi/Moshi, yellow fence on the left, as the driver didn't konw the way. We made it.

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It was my day at the clinic so I only heard reports that power was so inconsistent, including the back-up generator, that primarily the students and our team had a great Q and A session.

White robe in hand we walked to the clinic, about 20 minutes. They were scrubbing the floors with water and a disinfectant and so we waited outside for a while. Inside the building divided with a wing to the right and one to the left, about fourteen single beds in each wing. There were about one woman with one baby is most each bed and in several there were two women each with a baby.

The three interns, Harry, Margaret and Happy, (Happy wasn't feeling well thinking that she might have malaria) took turns briefing Dr Lace and his entourage regarding the conditions of each child. Dr Lace then quizzed them about details, what the mothers' thought and what treatment they were considering. One of the first babies was missing a big toe on the right toe and the right hand wasn't fully developed; probably something that occurred during pregancy, but it didn't explain the fever and vomitting. Many had fevers and vomitting, suggesting possible malaria. Some were playing happily and were set to be sent home if the mothers agreed. One mother wanted more tests because she did not feel that she had gotten adequate answers about her son's stomach pains.

In the malnutrition room, a room approximately 12x8 with just enough room for three beds that were filled each with a mother and child, there was a child who was nursing as we came in but weighed 3.1 kilograms, about 6½ pounds, at age 12 months. The child seemed to vomit whatever she took in. The child in the next bed had HIV and had been on medications but ten months ago when the mother went to find work, the grandparents took the child off the medication. The mother now vowed to stay home and care for the child. Somewhere around 30 babies in all were seen. As we very leaving a baby was brought in and the limbs looked like bones with only a covering of skin.

Dr Lace had brought a new instrument which measured the concentration of oxygen in the blood and the pulse. We used it about four times during our rounds. They had one electronic thermometer which they kept trying to keep track of which babies played with in the mouths before and after using it on other children. There were no plastic shields on the thermometer. On the walk back to the office we stopped by a pharmacy (duka la dawa) to buy more thermometers and other medical supplies.

After downing some rice and potatoes, avocado and cabbage, we climbed in the van for a trip to a shelter for children with HIV. Our guide at the facility, again a very simple facility, empahsized the need for water and the dream for a well. Currently they buy the water and have it trucked in. Thirteen children are housed here but only about half of them were there as the others were at school. The water dream was a part of another dream to raise a garden and food for the shelter. They did have a couple cows but no chickens at this time.

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The power was available when we returned to the plantation but only for an hour or so. It's another evening of eating in the dark and going to bed before 8:00. Discussion was around the plans for the next day with reflections around money and its relativity in difference cultures.