Itigi: Day 6

Thursday September 24, 2015

Burns are common where families use wood fire to cook or heat their dwelling. Fires and cooking pots on the ground are right at child-level. Children wear cotton cloth wrapped around the body which can also catch fire.

One little boy put his arm in a pot of water being heated for baths. That was 2 years ago. Now he’s 5 and will soon be in school, and he cannot fully extend his one arm because of burn scar at the elbow.

Separate from the hospital is the cook house building. Families cook in a forty-foot long open hearth. Children enjoy beans, rice and vegetables. Families may keep chickens, goats and cows.

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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 WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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