Bamako, Mali - Bonnie MacEvoy, anesthesiologist: Today was a long day for everyone. We started with an early breakfast and then made rounds to see a few more patients who might need procedures. Visiting the wards is always very colorful. The families practically move in⎯mats on the floor with cooking pots, covers and various items to care for thier sick family member. Sometimes we see them praying and paying respects. No need for nurse call buttons; plenty of advocates all around the bed.
Next we all made our way to the OR and met with the medical director of the hospital. He helps host us each year and expresses many thanks. As our team leader Dr. Steve Parker said, "Dr. Keita always welcomes us with his big arms."