IRPfellows, Mozambique — Nov 8, 2014

Ethiopia vs. Ebola

Ethiopia seldom makes the papers, but these days Ebola offers a news peg for just about anything. This week’s meeting between African business leaders in the capital Addis Ababa offered one such example and resulted in the creation of a $28.5 million emergency fund to address the crisis. If you’re wondering what sort of measures […]

Germany — Nov 8, 2014

Back in Berlin

And just in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On Sunday evening 8,000 citizens will release glowing white balloons that trace the outline of the wall. I went for a walk to see the setup before they go. A bicyclist passes in front of Alex tower as she rides […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Nov 5, 2014

Indoor residual spraying in action

This week we walked through a neighborhood in Boane, Maputo province, as residents had their homes sprayed with Deltamethrin. It was a good opportunity to chat with people because most had nothing to do but wait for the fumes to disperse. Since the spraying requires residents to empty the contents of their homes, we could also see their […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Nov 4, 2014

(No) Ebola in Mozambique

Ebola isn’t in Mozambique or anywhere near it. (See map.) Neither is the hysteria. As the United States works itself into a full-blown panic attack, the reaction here has been muted. Despite daily visits to hospitals and clinics, I’ve heard very few people mention it. Some health professionals have been reluctant to discuss Ebola precisely because it has […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Nov 2, 2014

Pick your poison

Combating malaria is a tricky tradeoff in Mozambique. The mosquito-born illness is the leading killer of children here, and the CDC-supported ministry of health is aiming to change that with a door-to-door campaign to spray the insides of homes with repellant. But DDT is toxic, and some scientists say spraying the insecticide should be used only as a last-ditch […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Oct 30, 2014

Wildlife

I began calmly, gently calling my roommate’s name from the top of the stairs. “Jessi, it’s time to wake up,” I cooed, as I had promised the night before. My motive now, however, was not just to rouse her after an alarm did not. “Wake up, Jessi,” I called a little more urgently. Then I […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Oct 29, 2014

The logistical nightmare of providing health care in rural areas

If you fall ill in rural Mozambique, your options are devastatingly limited. If you had the chance to pick a place from the bad options, however, I have a feeling you couldn’t do much better than Moamba, a village in Maputo province near the border with South Africa. We visited a clinic there that serves the […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Oct 27, 2014

A very brief history of the Portuguese in Mozambique

I expected Maputo to be a dusty, jam-packed metropolis, but on a rainy Sunday afternoon it was rather green and uncrowded. Palm trees lined the road that runs along the harbor, some sporting flags for Filipe Nyusi, presidential candidate of the ruling Frelimo party. He will be Mozambique’s next president if everyone can agree on the results […]

IRPfellows, Mozambique — Oct 26, 2014

Chegamos em Moçambique

Flying from Frankfurt to Addis Ababa on one of Ethiopian Airlines’ new Boeing 787s, I couldn’t help but notice the disconnect between a brand-spanking-new fleet of aircraft and the dated, dingy interiors. I geek out a bit about the Dreamliner; they have state-of-the-art window dimmers, practically silent engines, and fly at a higher altitude than other commercial […]

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