mission discrption in Sudan

March 11, 2021

LAUNCH TRIP TO KHARTOUM, SUDALAUNCH TRIP TO KHARTOUM, SUDAN

07-MAR-B-1  Index to Mar-B-Series—Sudan Mission Trip

2    Itinerary for Sudan Mission Travel

3  Our GWU Sudan mission group poses with the Sudan ambassador to the USA at our sendoff from the embassy

4  A toast in honor of the Thirty-First anniversary of Joe Hughes’ successful kidney transplant

5    Our unasked “upgrade” to a Five-Star Hotel in a classic Nile Villa

6    Launch!  The royal Dutch sendoff after the royal Sudanese sendoff, the Gena Foundation in force at IAD, complete with gold-sealed documents and Condaleza Rice’s personal signature

7    The royal VIP reception on touchdown at “KRT”—from VIP limo to VIP lounge to VIP suite and dinner at Khartoum University (ex- Gordon college) to the special “weekend” day tour of Khartoum, special National Museum tour of pre-history, and the Nile River luncheon cruise before the evening reception, speech and dinner at the Sudanese Doctors’ Union and club—with invitations to dance at the adjoining Sudanese wedding feast

8  Visit to Minister of Humanitarian Aid to Sudan, then our road trip out of Khartoum to Wad Medani to begin our visiting and operating professorship at al Gazeera University with reception by faculty and registrars

9  An operating day, fraught with communication flubs and technical OR complications in theatre, ending in the dinner reception by the State Governor –in the end a reasonable day of a disaster minefield avoided

10  A full day in the Ministry of Health of Gezira state, touring the House Of Hope orphanage, the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Medicine and Oncology new center, and going on to the Dean’s Office of Gezira University to survey its award-winning curriculum and then an afternoon lecturing to the student body of the El Gezira University and registrars and faculty on the subject of “Here and There: Horses and Zebras” with student discussions continued over a student exhibition and  meeting later in the evening, followed by a faculty

1dinner to which we were invited with conflicting invitation on our dance card

11  Our final full day in Wad Medani in Gezeera University and the NHIF with a tour of the NHIF Health Center, and then a full dress lecture at Gezeera University followed by a tour of the Gezeera Scheme seeing the Sennar-dammed Blue Nile irrigation project that is both boon and curse to the health of Gezeera State; the packing out of Wad Medani Imperial Hotel and long drive back to Khartoum in discussion of what was learned about the unknown,  expected and untoward consequences of attempting international aid projects

12  Begin full day in new Khartoum agenda with visit to Maygoma Orphanage and Children’s Welfare Center, and joining in Sudanese cultural dances with the Ana Sudan children’s performers, and honored guest appearance at Sudanese Surgical Association’s Obstructive Jaundice Symposium, visit to Al Sawaid Foundation headquarters and return to the Khartoum University Guest House after elegant dinner at “Ivory” Restaurant after Souk souvenirs

13 Another full day in the Khartoum capital: tour remarkable Cheshire house for disabled children and see rehabilitated post-op kids; then, to Afahd University in celebration of its century of advanced education for women, giving a full (late) lecture in front of the deans and all chairmen of the women’s medical school skip the hospital rounds and rehab hospital tour, to rush to our zenith in medical diplomacy, our appointment with the Minister of Health of the Federal Unity Government of Sudan, before patient consultation at the Guest House, then “Celebration of the Delegation”:a royal reception and dinner in regal setting

14  Our first full day in the IDP (=”Internally Displaced Persons” = refugees from Darfur and the South from the 16-year-long civil war) “Mashev Al Salam” (= “The Camp of Peace”) as we examine and treat 317 patients from the destitute survivors of even unhappier times, and we end up the evening in desert tents gorging on grilled lamb in “Souk Naka” (= “Female Camel Market”) after caring for the hungry all day among refugees whom we could medicate but not feed

15  IDP Camp #2—the bigger “Mayo Farm Center for Food Security for War Displaced Persons” and a glorious reception in colorful women under large banners, with my name and George Washington both spelled and mis-spelled, and advanced interesting cases in a very full day of camp care, before we gather with our Afahd and Khartoum University Medical Students in celebration of Julie’s Birthday at an American establishment

216  Begin in Sharjeh Hall of Khartoum University to shiver through an A/C presentation on “E-Learning” and make comments upon it from our reflections on similar learning, then abort visit to Mycetoma Center at Soba University at Dr. Fahlal’s suggestion, and attempt to catch up on reporting by my laptop which has the wireless access switch turned on unintentionally—and the laptop is struck by a Trojan Horse virus which freezes it without repair—we then go for a very formal Visiting Professor series of patient presentation from which I pick the cases I should be operating on tomorrow and discuss their findings; then, tour th t biggest oldest and best of the Sudanese Medical Faculty’s Teaching Hospital; then, go to Ashraf’s Mother’s home for elaborate reception and party given for the family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the volunteer delegation’s visit, making rounds on all family health problems in consultation including twins with arm/leg congenital abnormalities and a brother with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for which he hopes to be transferred to Johns Hopkins for evaluation

17   Up early to Khartoum Teaching Hospital and begin with a slick total thyroidectomy videotaped with senior registrars followed by a Sistrunck operation for TGDC and a partial gastrectomy for a gastric sarcoma; then a tour of the Fistula Hospital Urogynecology Center, and lunch at “Delicious” with a tour of the Omdurman Souk and purchase of souvenirs amid the colorful sights smells and sounds of African market melee; a return to private audiences seeking consultation for dreams of American residencies, individual patient treatment evaluations and a “house call” for virus disinfection of the crashed laptop, learning of daily multiple newspaper coverage of our delegation and the editing of thirty-three hours of video for a Blue Nile TV Special satellite broadcast on March 23 and 31 worldwide

18  The most lecture intensive day yet, giving multiple lecture visits at the highest levels in Khartoum for the longest durations in the Khartoum Teaching Hospital’s Radioisotope and Oncology Center, with a tour of their new and very up-market radiotherapy heavy equipment; then whisked away to the Sudan Board of Medical Specialties for two serial lecture topics under the chairmanship of each of Sudan’s medical leadership: Comparison of medical/surgical education and specialization and certification in the US/UK and other models; then, a failed interlude with the obstinate obstruction of previously tested DVD interval, and then the “Keynote” cited by Dr. Zdon as the “most important lecture of the year in Sudan” to the collected audiences for my presentation finale on Metabolic Maladaptation in Central Africa, before regal reception in the Police Club and a late night tour of the Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday celebration

19  Final full day in Sudan begins with t tour of the Urstana Disabled Children’s Rehabilitation Center and VTC reviewing schools, recycled paper crafts, pottery, carpentry, baking and the coming of PT; a long drive to the sprawling Soba University Hospital in Russian bloc massive style which has in process

3Continuing Medical Education on E-Learning, we are introduced by the surgeon-Director of this important premier Sudanese medical faculty, and tour the Mycetoma Center, reviewing patients and making rounds on the pediatrics and surgery wards, and reviewing pediatric nephrology with Dr. Mahmoud, beginning transplant surgeon; we return to Khartoum University Guest House to de-bug laptop and pack up and then are surprised by a heartfelt farewell party and gifts from our many new friends and hosts as we are delayed in Khartoum International Airport giving final TV interviews

20  Takeoff on long return trip from Khartoum to Cairo, then on through Amsterdam to IAD with an attempt to use the rescued de-virused laptop to review the wonderful experience of the Sudan compact and intensive multi-level missionN

07-MAR-B-1  Index to Mar-B-Series—Sudan Mission Trip

2    Itinerary for Sudan Mission Travel

3  Our GWU Sudan mission group poses with the Sudan ambassador to the USA at our sendoff from the embassy

4  A toast in honor of the Thirty-First anniversary of Joe Hughes’ successful kidney transplant

5    Our unasked “upgrade” to a Five-Star Hotel in a classic Nile Villa

6    Launch!  The royal Dutch sendoff after the royal Sudanese sendoff, the Gena Foundation in force at IAD, complete with gold-sealed documents and Condaleza Rice’s personal signature

7    The royal VIP reception on touchdown at “KRT”—from VIP limo to VIP lounge to VIP suite and dinner at Khartoum University (ex- Gordon college) to the special “weekend” day tour of Khartoum, special National Museum tour of pre-history, and the Nile River luncheon cruise before the evening reception, speech and dinner at the Sudanese Doctors’ Union and club—with invitations to dance at the adjoining Sudanese wedding feast

8  Visit to Minister of Humanitarian Aid to Sudan, then our road trip out of Khartoum to Wad Medani to begin our visiting and operating professorship at al Gazeera University with reception by faculty and registrars

9  An operating day, fraught with communication flubs and technical OR complications in theatre, ending in the dinner reception by the State Governor –in the end a reasonable day of a disaster minefield avoided

10  A full day in the Ministry of Health of Gezira state, touring the House Of Hope orphanage, the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Medicine and Oncology new center, and going on to the Dean’s Office of Gezira University to survey its award-winning curriculum and then an afternoon lecturing to the student body of the El Gezira University and registrars and faculty on the subject of “Here and There: Horses and Zebras” with student discussions continued over a student exhibition and  meeting later in the evening, followed by a faculty

1dinner to which we were invited with conflicting invitation on our dance card

11  Our final full day in Wad Medani in Gezeera University and the NHIF with a tour of the NHIF Health Center, and then a full dress lecture at Gezeera University followed by a tour of the Gezeera Scheme seeing the Sennar-dammed Blue Nile irrigation project that is both boon and curse to the health of Gezeera State; the packing out of Wad Medani Imperial Hotel and long drive back to Khartoum in discussion of what was learned about the unknown,  expected and untoward consequences of attempting international aid projects

12  Begin full day in new Khartoum agenda with visit to Maygoma Orphanage and Children’s Welfare Center, and joining in Sudanese cultural dances with the Ana Sudan children’s performers, and honored guest appearance at Sudanese Surgical Association’s Obstructive Jaundice Symposium, visit to Al Sawaid Foundation headquarters and return to the Khartoum University Guest House after elegant dinner at “Ivory” Restaurant after Souk souvenirs

13 Another full day in the Khartoum capital: tour remarkable Cheshire house for disabled children and see rehabilitated post-op kids; then, to Afahd University in celebration of its century of advanced education for women, giving a full (late) lecture in front of the deans and all chairmen of the women’s medical school skip the hospital rounds and rehab hospital tour, to rush to our zenith in medical diplomacy, our appointment with the Minister of Health of the Federal Unity Government of Sudan, before patient consultation at the Guest House, then “Celebration of the Delegation”:a royal reception and dinner in regal setting

14  Our first full day in the IDP (=”Internally Displaced Persons” = refugees from Darfur and the South from the 16-year-long civil war) “Mashev Al Salam” (= “The Camp of Peace”) as we examine and treat 317 patients from the destitute survivors of even unhappier times, and we end up the evening in desert tents gorging on grilled lamb in “Souk Naka” (= “Female Camel Market”) after caring for the hungry all day among refugees whom we could medicate but not feed

15  IDP Camp #2—the bigger “Mayo Farm Center for Food Security for War Displaced Persons” and a glorious reception in colorful women under large banners, with my name and George Washington both spelled and mis-spelled, and advanced interesting cases in a very full day of camp care, before we gather with our Afahd and Khartoum University Medical Students in celebration of Julie’s Birthday at an American establishment

216  Begin in Sharjeh Hall of Khartoum University to shiver through an A/C presentation on “E-Learning” and make comments upon it from our reflections on similar learning, then abort visit to Mycetoma Center at Soba University at Dr. Fahlal’s suggestion, and attempt to catch up on reporting by my laptop which has the wireless access switch turned on unintentionally—and the laptop is struck by a Trojan Horse virus which freezes it without repair—we then go for a very formal Visiting Professor series of patient presentation from which I pick the cases I should be operating on tomorrow and discuss their findings; then, tour th t biggest oldest and best of the Sudanese Medical Faculty’s Teaching Hospital; then, go to Ashraf’s Mother’s home for elaborate reception and party given for the family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the volunteer delegation’s visit, making rounds on all family health problems in consultation including twins with arm/leg congenital abnormalities and a brother with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for which he hopes to be transferred to Johns Hopkins for evaluation

17   Up early to Khartoum Teaching Hospital and begin with a slick total thyroidectomy videotaped with senior registrars followed by a Sistrunck operation for TGDC and a partial gastrectomy for a gastric sarcoma; then a tour of the Fistula Hospital Urogynecology Center, and lunch at “Delicious” with a tour of the Omdurman Souk and purchase of souvenirs amid the colorful sights smells and sounds of African market melee; a return to private audiences seeking consultation for dreams of American residencies, individual patient treatment evaluations and a “house call” for virus disinfection of the crashed laptop, learning of daily multiple newspaper coverage of our delegation and the editing of thirty-three hours of video for a Blue Nile TV Special satellite broadcast on March 23 and 31 worldwide

18  The most lecture intensive day yet, giving multiple lecture visits at the highest levels in Khartoum for the longest durations in the Khartoum Teaching Hospital’s Radioisotope and Oncology Center, with a tour of their new and very up-market radiotherapy heavy equipment; then whisked away to the Sudan Board of Medical Specialties for two serial lecture topics under the chairmanship of each of Sudan’s medical leadership: Comparison of medical/surgical education and specialization and certification in the US/UK and other models; then, a failed interlude with the obstinate obstruction of previously tested DVD interval, and then the “Keynote” cited by Dr. Zdon as the “most important lecture of the year in Sudan” to the collected audiences for my presentation finale on Metabolic Maladaptation in Central Africa, before regal reception in the Police Club and a late night tour of the Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday celebration

19  Final full day in Sudan begins with t tour of the Urstana Disabled Children’s Rehabilitation Center and VTC reviewing schools, recycled paper crafts, pottery, carpentry, baking and the coming of PT; a long drive to the sprawling Soba University Hospital in Russian bloc massive style which has in process

3Continuing Medical Education on E-Learning, we are introduced by the surgeon-Director of this important premier Sudanese medical faculty, and tour the Mycetoma Center, reviewing patients and making rounds on the pediatrics and surgery wards, and reviewing pediatric nephrology with Dr. Mahmoud, beginning transplant surgeon; we return to Khartoum University Guest House to de-bug laptop and pack up and then are surprised by a heartfelt farewell party and gifts from our many new friends and hosts as we are delayed in Khartoum International Airport giving final TV interviews

20  Takeoff on long return trip from Khartoum to Cairo, then on through Amsterdam to IAD with an attempt to use the rescued de-virused laptop to review the wonderful experience of the Sudan compact and intensive multi-level mission

 

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