-W. C. Fields US actor (1880 - 1946)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Protestant theologian & anti-Nazi activist (1906 - 1945)
"It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy and yet unenvied, to be healthy with physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art."
"At points of clarity, I realize that my life on earth is meaningless, and that I am merely a pawn in a bigger game. A game I cannot possible understand or have control of. Thankfully, before depression sets in, I drift back into my cloudy, bewildered daily routine."
-Joel Patrick Warneke
Today was a low tempo day. Time seems to be flying by. It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about the bazaar. I think the key to making time fly on deployments is to develop a routine and to stick with it. I will have to remember that when I get back home and try and avoid getting into a routines as much as possible.
Since there was not much going on today I thought that I would highlight another good cause. Recently a colleague of mine visited CURE Hospital. They are helping to fill a very big void in areas that are definitely in need of more attention- women's health, medical education, and health care for children. Here is a blurb from their website.
The Ministry of Public Health recognizes that the training of midwives and doctors is essential to improving the health of Afghans. CURE specialists and midwife trainers spent hundreds of hours in 2005 developing and measuring competencies of staff midwives and General Medicine doctors in training to develop appropriate curricula.
CURE Kabul opened its maternity unit at the end of September, 2005. The hospital and clinic together serve about 110 women each month (both inpatient and outpatient prenatal care). In 2005, CURE established a General Practice Residency Program, an OB/GYN Fellowship training program and OB/GYN training for nurses and midwives. In the fall of 2005, the maternity ward was refurbished and ultrasound services became available. In December 2005, the CURE International Hospital opened a modern Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to address the needs of critically ill newborns, premature newborns and newborns requiring close observation. In 2005, CURE also developed a modern pathology laboratory, blood bank, therapeutic feeding center and tuberculosis surveillance and treatment program in Kabul.
Additionally, as Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, and its people severely injured by war, a great need existed for orthopedic services and training. CURE Kabul has received numerous accolades for services from the Afghan Ministry of Health.
CURE has three fully equipped operating rooms for general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and orthopedics. CURE provides general practice and OB/GYN care and specializes in the orthopedic rehabilitation of children with disabilities. For example, the expert repair of a clubfoot can enable a child to walk normally instead of having a life-long disability. CURE orthopedic doctors also care for a wide range of acute and chronic bone diseases, tuberculosis of the spine, and trauma-related injuries. CURE has established a corrective plastic surgery program that serves burn patients and also treats cleft palates and lips. Many of the patients treated at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul are in need of care to treat injuries that were either improperly treated or were not treated at all.
CURE has treated more than 120,000 patients since opening in early 2005 and more than 40,000 laboratory tests were performed during this period. CURE has established for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health the baseline competencies for staff midwives and General Medicine doctors that will now be used in all training programs throughout Afghanistan.
Orthopedic Surgery and rehabilitative care
Obstetrics and Gynecology including midwifery
Nurse specialists (Neonatal Intensive Care, Operating, Anesthesiology )
Partnership with The Smile Train
In the fall of 2006, in collaboration with Smile Train, CURE developed cleft lip and cleft palate surgical training programs in most of CURE's hospitals worldwide. These programs have been piloted in Afghanistan and in the Dominican Republic. These programs will train 20 surgeons in the correction of cleft lip/palate surgery each year."