Another of my Kao family members has joined the ranks of CarpeTravel’s on-location reporters. My cousin David Kao (son of Teresa who blogged her adventures in Salzburg) is sending posts from his travels in Africa Zimbabwe where he’s doing grant work training academic cardiologists. Dave tells me there are only two cardiologists left in the country (of 15 million people), and the duo are inching towards retirement age. A lot of physicians left during the last 15 years or so when the country really struggled, and though the medical education used to be one of the best in Africa, it has suffered. “I’m here giving lectures, teaching clinical skills like echocardiography, Holter interpretation, etc. and helping them set up research databases in order to become independent researchers,” said Dave. His grant is funded by the NIH through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), which is a five year, many million dollar affair. Now in the second year on the ground he’s pleased to report they are making progress. They just had their second class of fellows inducted – pretty cool! He explains their formal collaboration is with the University of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences, though they lecture to undergrads as well. The main hospital is called Parirenyatwa, and the secondary is called Harare Central (sort of the Denver Health to Pari’s Anschutz).
Sit back and enjoy his reports on his work and his personal travel! Safe travels, cuz! And, nice work out there! – Valerie Quintanilla
We’ve already been in Harare for four days, but time has gone by very quickly. Harare is faring reasonably well. The city is Zimbabwe’s capital and the largest with an estimated population of around 1,606,000 and approximately 2,800,000 in the metro area.