Day 4: Dakar

Day 4: Dakar Morning coffee in the hotel is wonderful. Dark and strong. Senegal was a French colony until declaring independence just over 50 years ago. One of the lasting tributes to French culture is the pastries and cafés you can find in most restaurants and hotels. Other than the French language as the official… Read more »

Day 3: Dakar

Day 3: Dakar It’s Tuesday. The cases for today include two children with ambiguous genitalia, which means their gender is indeterminate. In the States, there is every effort to determine a gender within days if not hours, and sometimes the diagnosis is made prenatally. These children are 5 months and 4 years old. This is… Read more »

Day 2: Dakar

Day 2: Dakar We drove through a congested city in the early morning to get to the hospital. People sometimes dodged taxis; taxis sometimes dodged horse-drawn carts. The five large bins of medical equipment we took with us from the United States arrived in the OR. We quickly unpacked and sorted. Disposable items that don’t… Read more »

Day 1: Dakar

For more than 11 years, Francis Schneck, M.D., a Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC urologist, has traveled to Africa with one goal in mind—to provide critical urological care to suffering children who otherwise don’t have access to the kind of expertise provided by Dr. Schneck and the international team he’s traveling with. He is… Read more »

Signs of Spring

By: Todd Green, MD, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy & Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”                                                                                                                                           – Robin Williams It’s as certain as crocuses appearing, robins returning, or pitchers and catchers reporting—it’s the sound of sneezes. If you or someone you care about has tree… Read more »