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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

Asia » China » Sichuan May 7th 2017

May 7, 2017 (Shuimo, Wenchuan County, Sichuan) Sunday morning after breakfast, the SPPH hospital van took us to a recently opened feature near Shuimo, a town located in the area affected by the massive and devastating 2008 Earthquake. It is a historic area that has largely been reconstructed, and a recent project is a valley walk along a stream down a steep Renji Ximu mountain valley. It is a demanding hike, even going down hill, although the paths are well maintained. At the peak of the valley and in selected slopes along the way are massive fields of flowers that color the landscape. The site opened this April and none of our hosts had seen it before. Renji Ximu Valley Scenic Area (Chinese translation: vision of an earthly paradise) is located in an area surrounding Shouxi ... read more
Tibetan Prayer Tower
Prayer Barrels
Needlepoint on the Lawn

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 6th 2017

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a large, beautiful and impressive facility in the outskirts of Chengdu, close to where we had done the vision screening program earlier in the day. It is a popular place on weekends, and always a highlight for newcomers to the team. Located north of Chengdu on the Futou Mountain, it has rivers, lakes, brooks, ornamental green lawns and greens, wild bamboo forests and, woods, man-made dens, rocks, caves and plant pits that simulate the panda’s natural environment. The landscape creates a natural and mentally healthy environment for the pandas and it has been a successful breeding program for the threatened species. We spent a beautiful afternoon (low 70's with low humidity and even some blue sky) enjoying the giant pandas, red pandas, black swans and pe... read more
Lake at the Panda Reserve
Giant Panda
Snacking on Bamboo




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