LAO FRIEND'S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
Documented by Ramona Sunderwirth, Program Director
in 2013, the GHD hosted the first ever EM rotation for Gambian Medical Students.
“The development of emergency medicine over the years has had a significant impact on healthcare delivery in the United States and beyond. ... The students who came to New York are outstanding and bright students who have a strong desire to make a difference in healthcare in their homeland. It is the desire of our global health division to be able to foster a regular exchange of foreign medical students to introduce them to emergency medical care
and place positive seeds in future healthcare providers in developing countries.”
-Dr. Rafik Hanna
GH Fellow, 2013
emergency Medicine Module
in Beira, Mozambique
Moringeira (scientific name: moringa oleifera), or drumstick tree, was our favorite. Its dried leaves and fruit are added to stews as a dietary supplement to increase iron, protein, Vitamin A and C and calcium content. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its seeds are used to disinfect water and this method is supported by WHO and various scientific publications.
Papaya plant root boiled with sugar yields a liquid that aids with cough when ingested. Dry papaya leaves are burnt to produce smoke that when inhaled relieves nasal congestion and sinusitis. Papaya also has wound healing properties.
Iodine leaves mixed with vegetable oil produce an ointment used to disinfect cuts.
Chha balacate, or lemongrass, is used to decrease stress and anxiety. It is also known to raise blood pressure.
Babosa, or aloe vera, is used topically for burns, psoriasis and dandruff.
Tomateiro sauvage, or wild tomato plant, does not produce fruit. The leaves from this plant are used as suppository to treat fever in children. The leaves mixed with ashes, lemon juice and tincture of eucalyptus are also used to treat tuberculosis in conjunction with recommended TB treatment regimen.