Volunteering in Zambia

 

Life In Luangwa , Zambia

“Doctor Emergency”! I had seen the blood spattered wheelbarrow parked on the veranda that served as the waiting room and now the sign of the shuffling flip flops told me I was about to meet its occupant. He entered the room uncertainly, supported between his two inebriated friends. The blood soaked tea towel adorning his head giving a big clue as to his presenting complaint. Removal revealed a 7inch gash across his forehead down to the skull. His helpful friends informed me it had been inflicted by an axe, two nights ago, in a fight and they excitedly asked me to examine his leg which had been stabbed by a spear.
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EWM supported Indian Ocean rower Sarah Outen’s progress so far

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine has been supporting Sarah Outen’s attempt to row across the Indian Ocean by providing specialist medical training, advice and support. Sarah is now well into her challenge and you can follow her incredible progress via her website – Sarah Outen’s Indian Ocean rowing expedition.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Director visits South Georgia

Black and White view of South Georgia

Black and White view of South Georgia

In March of this year Mark Hannaford was lucky enough to get a fantastic photographic project down to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands with the Scott Polar Research Institute (http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk ) and the South Georgia Heritage Trust (http://www.sght.org ).

Mark tells us about this project, SPRI and the amazing history behind these islands. “Prior to landing I asked a colleague, well known naturalist Dr Peter Cary, if it was realistic to compare South Georgia with the Galapagos Islands and his reply ‘only if you want to downplay South Georgia’. Which surprised me but the islands lived up to and exceeded any expectations that I had.

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Jungle Medicine course – Costa Rica

Course director Dr Sean Hudson writing about the Jungle Medicine Training Course in Costa Rica

Back in Costa Rica again and the jungle didn’t fail to provide the perfect environment for the Jungle Medicine training course. As one would expect, it was hot, wet and full of interesting fauna and flora. I never fail to be impressed by the beauty of the jungle, but by god it can be hard sometimes. Its one of the few places I visit that can be so harsh then so comfortable. The moment you start to feel comfortable in the jungle is that Nirvana moment.

It took a while coming this trip because of the heavy rain but we eventually made it. Mike, Ceri, Mark and Martin again excelled themselves and the addition of our new herpetologist bringing snakes into camp was great. The best new addition to the course this year was however the HENNESSEY HAMMOCK, it is without a doubt the best bit of expedition equipment I have come across. 18 people in the jungle in some of wettest conditions I have experienced and everyone was dry, or if they weren’t they didn’t let on. Quite incredible.

Other than the medic feeling a little queasy on the river, everyone escaped injury and illness. Other than the EL developing drucunculiasis that is! but he’s got to have something to winge about. Back next year and I’m looking forward to it already.

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Expedition and Wilderness Medicine support for Commonwealth Championship for Mountain Running and Ultra Distance.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine  are to provide the medical cover for the Commonwealth Championship for Mountain Running and Ultra Distance. The events will run over four days in September 2009, and Keswick has been chosen as the venue.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Director, Dr Sean Hudson is acting as the Medical Director for the event and overseeing the medical care for the many international and local competitors who will be involved in a number high profile races. In conjunction with Across the Divide they will be managing the medical logistics and communication for the event.

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The perfect Christmas gift!! The Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Handbook

Well look no further – what could be better than the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Handbook written by the guru on the subject, Dr Sean Hudson with contributions from other experts.  

 

Get your copy for Christmas

Get your copy for Christmas

‘An invaluable resource for anyone planning a trip in the outdoors, either as part of an expedition or a wilderness adventure’

The climber Andy Cave IFMGA mountain guide, mountaineer, author and conference speaker was even more effusive in his praise;

‘As I was reading this manual I found myself frequently exclaiming “God if only we’d have had this book back then!” I will be keeping it very close to hand on my next adventurous trip I can promise’.

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Remember if you sign up for an Expedition Medicine course you get a copy with EML’s compliments.

 

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Solo across the Indian Ocean

A very exciting, record-breaking, and ever so slightly crazy sort of challenge. It involves a small boat, some oars and over 3,000 miles of Indian Ocean.

Sarah Outen | Row the Indian Ocean

Sarah Outen | Row the Indian Ocean

Expedition Medicine has recently been approached by a great British explorer maybe read ‘eccentric’ in the making, Sarah Outen who plans, in memory of here rather to row single handed across the Indian Ocean in 2009. Sarah has asked us to provide a tailored medical training course designed specifically around her needs which we are happy to do.

But so inspired by her challenge are we that we are also offering ongoing support and provide a regular feature on her progress through our regular Enews – if you don’t receive it yet you can sign up by clicking here, and also via this blog – so watch this space…

…a bit more detail, in Sarah’s own words,

In Spring 2009 I will row solo from Western Australia to Mauritius in a bid to become the first woman, and youngest and fastest person, to make the crossing.

Rowing up to 12 hours a day under a scorching sun, riding 30ft waves, battling winds and currents, sharks, capsizes and shipping traffic, it will be a test of endurance, stamina and my sense of humour. It will be raw and elemental – just as adventure should be.

it’s not all about the records

The venture is dedicated to my lovely Dad, who died suddenly in June 2006. He had suffered terribly with rheumatoid arthritis for as long as I can remember, so in his memory I am fundraising for the Arthritis Research Campaign.

A biologist and outdoor enthusiast, I love the creatures to be found at sea and want to encourage others to appreciate them, too. After all, what we love, we save. My journey will be a green one, as far as possible, and aims to encourage responsible stewardship of our planet, especially of the blue stuff.

 

Row the Indian Ocean