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Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Coxs Bazar November 12th 2018

November 12, 2018 (Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh). The Rohingya are a Muslim sect that make up the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, mostly in in Rakhine state along Myanmar’s western shore. They have their own language and culture (similar to the people in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh) and are likely descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country that denied the Rohingya citizenship and excluded them from the 2014 census, seeing them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Before the August 2017 migration crisis, thousands of Rohingya had made perilous journeys out of Myanmar to escape communal violence or abuses by security forces. A mass migration began on 25 August 2017 triggered by Rohingya Arsa militants launching deadly attacks on more than 30 ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 12th 2018

Nov 12, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) A little insight about the reason for this trip - something that originated from a discussion I had with Scott Burg, a long term colleague and friend who is a senior researcher for Rockman ET AL. There are three of us on this research trip: Scott, myself and Dr. Nancy Sloan, a primary-care practitioner in Portland, OR with an interest in gender-equality in medical services. Scott conducts research and evaluation studies for education, health, museum and technology clients. An area of great interest and expertise includes the organization and effective deployment of blindness prevention programs and he researches capacity building for eye care in developing countries. Through his research with India's Aravind Eye Care System, he met... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 11th 2018

Nov 11, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) The work on this trip is beginning in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Dhaka is ranked as the fifth largest city in the world - all very believable when attempting to get around. The traffic-congested city is known for its cycle-rickshaws, cuisine, festivals, historic buildings and the city's modernist national assembly is one of the largest parliament complexes in the world. A badly needed mass transit system is under construction and planned to be operational in the next couple of years. The bustling economic, educational and diplomatic center of the country is located in the Bengal delta, bordered by four major rivers emptying into the Bay of Bengal, which makes it a major port city and also prone to flooding during monsoon season. Bangladesh is made up ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 11th 2018

Nov 12, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Left late, but arrived right on time 2:00 am. Smooth flight. Visa on arrival process works smoothly and a concierge was there to meet me with his hand-held sign. Got me to the driver who drove me to the BRAC Centre Inn in about 15 minutes - no traffic this time of night! Nice place, settled in. Meetings begin in 5 hours - fortunately here at the hotel. Now for some REM sleep!... read more

Middle East » Kuwait November 10th 2018

Just finished a smooth uneventful flight to Kuwait. The flight path map seemingly becomes more relevant as we flew over places like Mosul, Kirkuk, Baghdad and Teheran. A few hours of sleep and we’re on our way to landing - 8 time zones ahead. We are arriving a bit late...about 5 PM and a tight connection to make!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens November 9th 2018

New York (Nov 9, 2018) In the 50's and rainy in New York this Friday evening. Fridays evenings can be challenging to get to JFK, so I chose the subway and the Air Train which worked quite well. I got to the Kuwait Airlines ticket counter early so there were no lines. The gate agent told me they had an upgrade to Premium Economy (more legroom and closer to the front) so I went for it. Hope to get some sleep on this leg so I can be in shape to meet at 8:30 the morning I arrive. Flight looks pretty full. More soon from the other side of the pond!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 9th 2018

Nov 11, 2018 (New York) - Getting ready for the long haul over to the Middle East for a short stop over before flying on to Bangladesh. It seemed like we had a lot of time planned to be on the ground, but given the tight schedule. I land at 2 am on November 11 (local) and we start meetings at 8:30 and push through the whole day. The work in Bangladesh is being coordinated through a large local NGO( BRAC). The plan calls for trips to local facilities in Dhaka, but also travel to Cox's Bazar and the large refugee camp near there. Considering local travel constraints, I'm packing only "carry on" - got it all into a small back pack! More soon!... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan May 10th 2017

May 10, 2017 (Jian Yang) One of the more enjoyable and challenging parts of our trips are the clinical work we do out in the field. We typically join a team of residents and junior faculty from the SPPH ophthalmology department and take a small bus out to a remote area - called a village here in China - but often the population of these villages rival Oklahoma City's. There is typically a county level hospital that assists in planning the vision screening clinic and these are set up outdoors under a canopy or tent. Several hundred people typically show up and after vision tests are done, they queue up and are each evaluated. There are tables set up and we pair one Chinese doctor with each one of our team and we spend time working ... read more
Screening Area
Waiting Room
Patient Appreciation

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 9th 2017

May 10, 2017 (Chengdu) Dr. Fan is the former chairman of the department of ophthalmology and a leader in the ophthalmology associations in West China. He also is the original host for our trips to Chengdu and SPPH since 2002. Dr. Fan has retired from SPPH and now serves as the Regional President for the Aier Eye Hospitals. They have 136 eye hospitals across China and to my knowledge are the only publicly held company in the world deploying eye clinics/hospitals. I believe they are the largest eye care system globally. We were invited to spend a day with the Aier leadership at their new hospital in eastern Chengdu that opened almost a year ago. Several faculty from SPPH have joined the Aier hospital team and they showed us an impressive hospital, new services they are ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan May 7th 2017

May 7, 2017 (Shuimo) This historical city celebrates the Tibetan Zang and Qiong nationalities. Located near the epicenter of the 2008 earthquake, it is a town that was hit hard with high casualty levels. Much of the city had to be rebuilt and was done consistently with its historic roots. Primarily a tourism spot, its photogenic streets are filled with shops of local delicacies and Tibetan crafts.... read more
Temple in Village Square
Main Street Rebuilt after Earthquake
Tibetan Warrior Statues

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