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One Steppe Beyond
One Steppe Beyond
Getting things in perspective this World TB Day
I am back home in London.
24 Mar 2014 / 5 minute read
Postcards (and phone-calls) from the edge
Maya makes a phone-call to Kural at the very last minute.
05 Aug 2013 / 6 minute read
The Darkest Hour
My favourite patient lies dying in my arms.
22 May 2013 / 8 minute read
I have MSF
My alarm wakes me up at six and Murusia immediately begins celebrating the event by jumping onto my bed and purring loudly into my left ear.
09 Apr 2013 / 8 minute read
You cannot save the world…
For the first time since I’ve arrived in Karakalpakstan, and I suspect the last, the weather is unexpectedly and strangely reassuringly reminiscent of that from my home of England.
22 Mar 2013 / 8 minute read
I Heart Shumanay
I miss our monthly staff meeting because I am in the field visiting two sick patients that I am worried cannot wait. When I return to the office, I am greeted by a smiling Marielle.
06 Mar 2013 / 6 minute read
And now for something completely different…
Ten ways to amuse and entertain yourself out-of-hours in Nukus, Karakalpakstan…
26 Feb 2013 / 2 minute read
We make the short drive to the home of a patient that my Ministry of Health doctor tells me she is anxious to start treatment on as soon as possible.
19 Feb 2013 / 6 minute read
Murat, my Karakalpak translator, asks me if I have made plans for this morning.
28 Jan 2013 / 7 minute read
I arrive in the field…
I am in the Uzbekistan capital, Tashkent, for less than 24 hours before I fly in an old Soviet twin propeller plane over cracked mud, wasteland steppe (akin to the moon’s surface) to Nukus, the mai
17 Jan 2013 / 6 minute read
Preparation for Primary Departure
To my huge relief at the airport gate for my flight to Bonn I bump into Tony.
14 Jan 2013 / 7 minute read
I only have eight days in London.
08 Jan 2013 / 5 minute read