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North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta March 13th 2015

Leaving Atlanta. Flight DL200 taxiing to the runway. Next time from the other side....flight time now 14:45! ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta March 12th 2015

March 12, 2015 (Atlanta, GA) Here's a bit of an update on the DMEI team heading to Swaziland. Dr. Brad Farris is a neuro-ophthalmologist and Director of DMEI's Global Eye Care Program . He's a Professor in the OU Department of Ophthalmology and has adjunct appointments in Neurology and Neurosurgery as well. He will be joined by this year's Neuro-ophthalmology Fellow, Dr. Mark Robinson . Mark is from Virginia, and he plans to return to the area this summer after finishing the fellowship. Dr. Brian Firestone is an ophthalmic oncology and pathology specialist that recently joined DMEI. His undergraduate work was done at OBU in Shawnee, and his medical school at OUHSC. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta March 12th 2015

March 12, 2015 (Atlanta, GA) At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport waiting for DL200 to leave around 8:15 local time. Had a nice late lunch with the team at ECCO, and now just sitting around, charging up all our electrical gizmos, squeezing the Internet for all it can give us and thinking long term: 15 hours of seat numbing movie watching! Had a bit of excitement on the way to the OKC airport from DMEI...we didn't fit into the Shuttle van that they sent. Derek's wife graciously took a load to Will Rogers World Airport for us and we all made it just fine. Sussenbach tried to crawl out the back of the plane when we landed in Atlanta. He thought he was home and wanted to run back to his mama, but we caught him just ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City March 12th 2015

Mar 12, 2015 (Oklahoma City) The team is here at the airport and ready to fly. Off to ATL, with a layover there till the 8:30 pm DAL200 flight to Joburg. Nearly 8,500 miles and projected to last right around 15 hours...maybe less with tailwinds. Scheduled to arrive tomorrow around 5:30 PM local time (12:30 pm OKC time).... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City March 12th 2015

March 11, 2015 (Oklahoma City, OK) After weeks of preparation and anticipation the DMEI Global Eye Care Program team will be leaving Oklahoma City for Swaziland tomorrow. The planned trip leaves around noon and we'll head to Atlanta for the 8 PM Delta 200 flight to Johannesburg, South Africa - the second longest flight (by miles) flown. Its a long haul, but nice to have a flight that gets us there in one shot. The team included Drs. Brad Farris, Brian Firestone, Mark Robinson (neuro-ophthalmology fellow), two senior ophthalmology residents (Drs. Derek Bitner and Evan Sussenbach). All packed, passport in hand, ready to fly...and fly...and fly! You can track the 8500 mile flight's progress this evening.... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta February 20th 2015

February 20, 2015 (Atlanta, GA) Just landed and cleared customs and immigration in Atlanta and now off to Gate C43 to catch my flight to OKC. We were delayed a couple of hours and Taylor missed her flight to Dallas, but got on one in about an hour, so all working out well. Long trip - over 17 hours with strong headwinds. Jeff made it to Munich and then is off to Nepal in three days. Great trip...great to be getting home!... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 19th 2015

February 19, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) Well time has come to leave Africa. We had a productive, inspiring and very educational trip. We have made new friends, discovered new adventures and now have some exciting projects that will help deliver much needed care in rural Swaziland. Next stop for Taylor and I is Atlanta via Delta flight 201! See you then! Jeff is off to Munich and then Nepal. With an itinerary like that, we think he's working as a spy! ;)... read more

Africa » Swaziland February 19th 2015

February 19, 2015 (Miracle Campus, Swaziland) This will be my closing blog from this trip to Swaziland. I’m scheduled back in three weeks as I’ll be joining the DMEI team that will be leaving Oklahoma City for Swaziland on March 12. In trying to put it all into context from the first time I came five years ago, the country has changed, and there is a new optimism with the ebb of new diagnoses of HIV. To me, that optimism seems embedded in the children – the next generation that will replace the “missing generation” of parents. Because we are embedded in schools for the outreach clinics, there have been a lot of children on this trip. We have faith that our efforts will make their world a better place, with better opportunities for living life ... read more
Kids with Treats
Hitchin' a ride Swazi style
Older kids with attitude

Africa » Swaziland February 18th 2015

February 18, 2015 (Ntfonjeni, Swaziland) Early Wednesday morning, we met the 5:15 sunrise at Miracle Campus again to gather up the caravan and head to the opposite extreme of the country, the north eastern border town of Ntfonjeni. The names of the communities are cool, but seem to get less and less pronounceable as we get further away from the middle of the country! It was a two hour drive through some of the most lush and spectacular valleys in the country that took us to the community school. The rooms were selected, and setup began like the workflow clockwork that TLC. Many long queues had already developed by the time we arrived…and they just kept on growing. School children are all in uniform, and each school has a different color: blue, red, green, yellow and ... read more
Station 9 Queue
Station 9 Queue
The school grounds

Africa » Swaziland February 18th 2015

February 18, 2015 (Ntfonjeni, Swaziland) TLC has four nurses that make a deep impact on empowering the Swazi people in the organization and enable a lot of what happens in the rural outreaches. The senior (if 30sh is senior) is Rebekah. A former labor and delivery nurse in Kentucky, Bekah has been in Swaziland a little over three years now and considers it home. She is talented, meticulous, systematic and tireless in achieving workflows and system-based approaches – especially focused on the surgical programs. Bekah will coordinate this team of nurses and Swazi’s to help develop eye surgery services that eventually evolve on the campus. Her focus is detailed execution and training. Melody (Mel) is the logistics queen. Aside from her nursing responsibilities in the male circumcision (MC) program, she coordinates and oversees the assignment of ... read more
Mel Explains Logistics to Jeff
Bekah and Tiffany

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