Caz: Doctor to speak about Africa

Doctor to speak about Africa

By Chelsea Richard


Dr. David Reed is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Upstate Medical University and has spent the last year on a sabbatical working in international medicine. His focus of interest has been on the rebuilding of health care systems in regions where they were disrupted, generally by civil conflict.

Dr. Reed will discuss his recent activities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda in a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday April 24 at Common Grounds in Cazenovia. The discussion is being called Rebuilding Health Care in South Sudan: The Story of The Duk Lost Boys Clinic.

Reed spent the month of February in South Sudan providing health care and training local health care providers at the only clinic in the region.

In his presentation, Reed will describe the challenges of practicing medicine without electricity or running water, where extreme heat limits movement and blowing dust redefines norms of cleanliness. Photographs of life in the Dinka village of Duk Payuel will give insight into a culture of survivors; survivors from attempted massacre, mass exodus and life in refugee camps.

Chelsea Richard is Caz High School student and a member of Project Cafe

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