This in not an official U.S. Department of State (DOS) blog and the views and information presented are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the DOS.
When I was planning Vicky and Patrick’s visit to the USA to participate in the Advanced Pharmaceutical Care Experiential Training Program, Dr. Linda Winkler, the Special Assistant to the Provost for International Outreach and Affairs, told me she was planning to bring two Tanzanian physicians to the USA at the same time. Dr. Winkler runs a wonderful study abroad program in northeast Tanzania every summer at the site of a hospital called Nyakahanga Hospital in Karagwe. Anyway, we were brainstorming about how the campus could benefit from the wealth of knowledge our guests could share and decided to host an East African Healthcare Forum. We invited all four health professionals to speak along with students who had gone on the recent trips to Tanzania and Uganda.
They talked about the healthcare challenges in sub-Saharan Africa and discussed how practices differ there from the USA. They spoke of what they are doing to overcome the barriers and improve patient health care outcomes.
At the end, the panel of speakers responded to questions from the audience.
One of the fun things that I was able to share with Vicky and Patrick while they were in the USA was the celebration of Thanksgiving. This is a very special time for families to gather in our culture and it was a joy to share this holiday with Vicky and Patrick and I think my family members gained as much or even more than they did from the experience. Below are some of the pictures.