Tuesday, 14 February 2012

I am in Mozambique

My short visit to Maputo Mozambique this week reveals that Mozambicans like to enjoy life to the fullest. I am staying at Rovuma hotel and its looks deserted. Everyone is at the beach.

Look at how the beach is full.

We have clean water with nice beaches in Malawi –Lake Malawi but i have never seen such a big group gathered like this.

I am here to talk about Trachoma: a neglected blinding disease and to agree as a region on what to do about other neglected tropical diseases. Trachoma is an infection of the eye that causes conjunctivitis. Communities with high trachoma infection are prone to the blinding diseases if not treated. Mozambique has trachoma on the Northern Province bordering Malawi but currently nothing is being done. Hence people are getting blind from the diseases every day.

But I am finding it difficult to put my agenda forward, especially when the people I am supposed to be talking to are busy enjoying themselves.

Tomorrow I will go to Manicsa district, not manica.

Should Malawians be enjoying as much?

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Monday, 13 February 2012

Abu Dhabi

World congress of Ophthalmology (WOC) is being held at Abu Dhabi and I am privileged to be there.

I am staying at the Yas Island Centro Rotana Hotel.

Hotel s are expensive-cheapest around $300 per night.

We had our first meeting today at 13th February at Fairmont Hotel. We were discussing about the issue of cataract in sub-Saharan Africa.

Cataract is the commonest cause of blindness in adults and children. But it can be treated by a simple eye operation that last less than 20 minutes.

Do you want to know more about how cataract causes blindness?

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My son

I did make it to 2012 and so did my son.

Also Born prematurely like her sister Tapiwa, my son Yewo arrived on 14th January 2012 right in Blantyre Malawi at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital.

I gues I can confidently say I now have a complete family; with neither myself nor my wife willing to go through what we have been through again.

Tapiwa means “we have been given”-by God and Yewo means “thank you”.

Tapiwa is very happy to have a baby brother (someone to harass).

So less sleep for the next few months.

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