I will be flying out to Tanzania for 3 months from the 15th Feb to 10th May. When I am in Tanzania I will be mainly in a Primary School working with disabled children. This will be in a south western region near Mbeya by Lake Malawi.

Monday, February 28, 2005


Thankfully the Physio was keen on letting me come into the hospital and is giving me some training so that I can help more with the physio side of things when I go down to the school in Katumba. I have really enjoyed being in the physio department-although some of their methods would definately not be allowed in the UK! One of the most painful experiences so far has been with an eight yr old boy who fractured his elbow and now has contracture so his elbow has stayed bent, and as the physios do not have any sedatives they have to force his arm straight in order to put a cast on it. The boy was crying and screaming and had to be restrained by his dad and the other physio! thankfully my physio wasnt quite so harsh with my elbow!
I will be working at the hospital for the rest of this week and then will travel to the school in Katumba at the weekend.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

First few days

The first thing that struck me when I got off the plane was the heat-I left England when it was 2'c and arrived at 11.30pm in Dar es Salaam where it was 30'c was a bit of a shock! In Dar I have been staying with a family friend at their house on the beach. The sea breeze is the only thing which is making the heat bearable. I visited the disabled hospital in Dar only to be told that I am not allowed to come in to see any patients as they dont want any more white people in there so at the moment I have to stay outside! However I am hoping that will change as they have got an eye clinic there as well so I thought that maybe I might be able to go and watch some operations or something.
I am planning to head down to Iringa on Tuesday with an Australian girl who is working there for part of her gap year and meet up with a physio working there and see if I can go on some rounds with her! I dont know when I will next have internet access but I hope that everyone is well and it is so lovely to hear from you.

Thursday, February 03, 2005


I am writing this with just over 1 week until I leave. I have been getting all my stuff ready; sorting visas, having injections, getting insurance etc and yesterday made a purchase of a rucksack so that I look like a proper traveller! I am not sure exactly what my work out in Tanzania will involve so I am excited as well as being slightly nervous!