Itigi: Day 3

Monday September 21, 2015

The team has an early breakfast before meeting the hospital staff. We tour St. Gaspar’s which has a CT machine. 

In clinic the surgeons examine the patients with anesthesia and pediatrics. The evaluation we do here is like the pre-operative history and physical patients have in the US before undergoing surgery. We want to know about the patient’s health, allergies, medications, and any medical problems. We have two volunteers who served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania translating for us. Nurses check temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation. We use a Hemocue machine identical to the one in my office to check the patient for anemia. The day is long, but the process efficient.

The Monday night flight from Amsterdam lands in Dar with our 8 boxes at 10 p.m. 



About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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