Itigi: Day 8

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Saturday September 26, 2015

After the courtyard consult the night before, we round in the morning before setting out to for the 2 ½ hour ride to the capital city of Dodoma. The streets are lined with dukas doing a brisk business. After lunch we tour the University of Dodoma campus with one of our physician-hosts.

The cook from the hospital complex sends us to town with a shopping list: carrots, pineapple, peppers, watermelon, and fish. For ourselves, we buy fabric, coffee, spices, and cook spoons. On the bus ride back to Itigi, we stop and buy baskets being sold by the side of the road.

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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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