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Published: June 22nd 2011
Dar es Salaam - one of the richest and safest cities in the whole of East Africa, and to be honest parts of it looks like a run down area of Slough so you would think to live here would be great if you were an African in Tanzania and yes the people who live here love their city as do all of the people in each of their respective cities and I love this enthusiasm. A young lad, Fakim, on my course said I beleive that in 10 years Africa will be like Europe ... I will let you my reader decide
Ask a Dar es Salaam resident "how do you get an ambulance?" and the answer you will get is "well it all depends on your insurance, if your insurance names your family member then they will come, if not then they will argue about who will pay for the ambulance, although sometimes with the insurance they still wont turn up." and they say this so matter of factly, like yeah we are used to this, it happens all the time. "the best thing to do is take them to the hospital ourselves." this can make teaching some
first aid practices difficult.
today we discussed Epilepsy, as you know in Lagos a gentleman suggested that pee in the mouth was a cure, this time I got - finger up the bum.... I also suggested that they should not do this either 😊
My team also discussed with me a healer in Loliondo, Arusha, something that they beleive which I respect but cannot beleive myself. apparently Nelson Mandela was a patient of his, he is an ex Pastor and he claims to heal everything from diabetes to aids He claims that God revealed the treatment to him in a dream.Some of his patients who were HIV positive claim that they now test negative after taking the concoction from the herbalist and that they have stopped their normal therapy. The dose of this cure and treatment is single dose of 100ml cup, and it costs approximate USD 50 cents,(500 Tanzanian Shillings) he does not accept more. hmmmmmm
At the end of today I explained that they would be working on wounds and bleeding tommorow so it would be great if they could read the pages about wounds and bleeding in their books tonight, a gentleman piped up
and said "no I cant, we have a power cut!" to which I replied, "oh dear when do you think it will be back on?" (yes I do feel stupid now) The whole of Dar es Salaam is on a power ration and they only have electricity between 7am and 5pm, this is due to the Hydo power not having enough water and there being a current drought. In the Newspaper this morning there was an article about 12 grandmothers with no training whatsoever who are about to embark on a course about solar energy to get energy from the sun to create electricity for Africa - that is so cool - very proud of these grannies....
it rained lots today - it flooded but dried away as quick as it came here are some pictures
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