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Clinical practice dilemmas: Managing abdominal complaints in remote settings
Volunteer doctors see plenty of abdominal complaints, gastritis, parasites, and diarrhea in remote clinics abroad. But with no imaging or laboratory investigations readily available, it’s hard to decide which patients can safely stay in their communities, and which need to be transferred to the nearest hospital. Many short-term medical missions have clinical protocols for exactly […]
Honduras: Are medical volunteers a resource or a curse in remote settings?
“Seems like for campesinos, going to the capital of Honduras would be a little like going to China.” I am hiking through the mountains with Manuel, a Honduran health promotor, on our way to a home visit. He agrees: it’s two hours uphill on foot from here to the village of Camasca. Two hours more […]