OVERTURE TO THE CHIEF OF SURGERY IN ZAMBIA
FOR PLANS TO BE MADE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
From: Glenn Geelhoed
Date: 2/10/03 10:31AM
Subject: Fwd: Re: OUT OF ZAMBIA, from the SODERDAHL'S
Dear Dr. Krikor l. Erzingatsian,
I have been very interested in Zambia after prior travels through the country, and repeated work in Southern Africa. I will be again working in Malwi in the next months and have been making plans for 2004 for a trip that would include a first stop in Malawi for a period of time which I would like to extend into Zambia if you suggest that this would be recommended.
Doug Soderdahl, a close colleague of mine engaged in like‑minded pursuits, had recommended you and your program highly.
My own background and interests can be scanned from a Home Page at http://home.gwu.edu/~gwg I had spent all of 1996 in Southern Africa as Senior Fulbright Scholar for the African Regional Research Program.
I would be delighted to look into a possible connection in support of your program in Zambia, and look forward to meeting you!
>>> "douglas w. soderdahl" <email@example.com> 01/23/03 05:45PM >>>
chief of surgery at UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, lusaka, zambia ...
krikor l. erzingatsian, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. this man is brilliant, runs
a dramatically productive dept of surgery. he's "your type", kind of
another contact there is jim jewell, a DELIGHTFUL general surgeon, who is
faculty there, but now in his later years, is spending a bit more time in
the states. he's copied above.
PS: please note that i formed a nonprofit this past summer, GLOBAL MEDICAL
MISSIONS, which will give me the 'flexibility' i have needed for some time
... i.e. LESS hassle, MORE "in the trenches".
douglas w. soderdahl, md, facs
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On 9/26/02 13:21, "Glenn Geelhoed" <email@example.com> wrote:
> I am trying to make my Malawi plans for next year, and it looks like
> the dates of Last week in April first weeks of May 03 might work. I am
> trying to find out if I should arange a stopover in Zambia‑‑the place I
> land in any event on my way to Llongwe, and wondered since I had not
> heard anything form the letter I wrote by email to the chairman of
> surgery ther after your introductoin after we were "ships passing in the
> night" last spring.
> What do you advise?
>>>> "Douglas W. Soderdahl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 03/22/02 10:48AM >>>
>> OUT OF ZAMBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA
>> Dear family & friends,
>> We faced a significant dilemma. The baggage allowance on Kenya
>> from Nairobi to Lusaka, Zambia is 44 lbs. per person. As a result of
>> most equipment necessary for urologic surgery, our bags weighed well
> over 350
>> lbs. Excess weight charges would far exceed the nearly $1,000 for our
>> tickets. BUT, God superintended, such that 4 nationals, having
> attended the
>> Kenya CHRISTIAN MEDICAL & DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS Continuing Medical
>> Conference, accompanied us. We were able to consolidate our baggage
> into a
>> single unit for the group. Consequently, NO excess charges were
> levied. Godıs
>> Hand of blessing!
>> Though invited two years ago by Dr. J., Senior Lecturer in
> Surgery, to
>> work in the Urology Section of the University Teaching
> Hospital/University of
>> Zambia (UTH), we upon arrival became the charge of Dr. L., Head of
>> What a delight! Dr. L., his lovely wife and 2 adorable pre‑teen
>> relocated to Lusaka 6 years ago from neighboring Zimbabwe, where they
>> escalating threats to their safety under the de facto dictatorship
>> President Robert Mugabe. The familyıs homeland is Egypt, but a
>> inclination led them to care for the impoverished in sub‑Saharan
>> The first President of Zambia, shortly after independence in
>> (formerly North Rhodesia) declared the country a ³Christian nation²,
>> the only one on earth. Indeed, the Christian church continues to grow
>> numbers, particularly the Pentecostal group. Career workers inform us
> of the
>> critical need to train national pastors. Mrs. L. supplements her
>> $250 per month through employment at the Egyptian Embassy. Their
>> school fees consume the lionıs share of their joint income.
>> Life in Lusaka is relaxed, congenial and moving forward. Now, it
>> even a fine shopping mall! However, ³challenges² present themselves
>> infrequently ... drought, lack of the basic necessities not to
>> amenities such as clean water and garbage collection, rampant
>> rising hooliganism, the devastation of HIV/AIDS (40% prevalence) and
>> dreadfully insufficient healthcare delivery. Additionally, their
>> neighbors ... Zimbabwe, Rwanda, the two Congoıs and Angola ... all
>> embroiled in severe civil unrest.
>> In my work I see an assortment of diseases, many dramatically
>> from what I would see in a more advanced locale. UTH has 1,800
> inpatient beds.
>> Presently, there are training programs for national physicians in
>> Pediatrics, Surgery and Obstetrics/Gynecology. Dr.L. dreams of
> starting a
>> training program in Urology. With only two trained urologists in all
> of Zambia
>> (for over 13 million people), such an effort seems most worthy.
>> WE conducted training at UTH in March for about 3 weeks. Dr. L.ıs
>> to begin a training program ignited as he profited a great deal from
>> teaching ... lectures, ward rounds, work in the outpatient department
> and in
>> the operating theatre. We introduced the most modern of technologies
>> vaporization (ablation) without incision of prostate and uterus.
>> learned quickly, incredulous at this modern advance permitting major
>> with minimal bleeding, next‑day discharge from the hospital and
> return to
>> routine activity in two days! In his eagerness to implement this
> teaching as
>> quickly as possible, he has purchased from personal modest resources
>> instruments he will require. Dr.L. articulates, ³Dr. Douglas and
> Sister Nancy
>> illustrate so well my heartıs desire to relieve such unnecessary
> suffering of
>> my adopted people. They have inspired and challenged me by
> demonstrating their
>> Christian faith before me and the many others with whom they
> interacted. In
>> fact, they introduced prayer into surgery, which evoked deep respect
> for such
>> a dedicated couple.²
>> This mission proved both a pleasant surprise (Lusaka, verdant and
>> with many fine restaurants, may be one of Africaıs well‑kept
> secrets.) and
>> heartbreaking as well. Our goals ... to open doors and encourage
>> workers, to train nationals and to embody Christıs loving care ...
>> realized. Again, God has wrought His work both IN and THROUGH us,
> all made
>> possible by you, our faithful supporters.
>> By the time you read this, weıll likely be serving in China for
>> weeks. We plan, Lord willing, to be in Xiıan, Beijing, Dalian and
>> Inner Mongolia. Words flee as we express our need of and appreciation
> for your
>> prayers with and for us.
>> Serving faithfully,
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