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Friday, September 21, 2012

Life Cycles and More

Well, I hadn't realized it until recently when my camera finally breathed it's last that I rely heavily on a snapshot or two to keep this blog moving.  If the poor ancient thing had only the problems of no longer remembering how to transfer it's contents to my laptop, and devouring batteries whole, I might have been able to otone (sorry, Thai words frequently slip into the place of the English vocabulary I once could recall without difficulty) have patience with it.  But now, it has taken to producing images that are mostly black horizontal lines.

So, beggars can't be choosers and today I'm posting a couple of pictures from a friend. Fair word of warning: the images below are not for the squeamish.

Last week we kicked off a new year of Animal Health and Public Health training.  This is always the best time of year to start training, since the rice is growing happily in the farmers' fields and the farmers are happily able to spend some time away from their fields at training.  We hosted 10 trainees from a nearby country, with 6 different languages in play over the 5 day training.

I am always so impressed by how interested and excited everyone is to soak up this information and participate.  This group was no exception, and if we had taken a vote about their favorite parts of the training, I'm sure it would have been looking at poop samples under the microscope for worm eggs and pouring over human and animal parasite life cycles and considering various interventions to stop the spread of disease in their villages.  Exciting, LIFE-CHANGING stuff!  Using the very academic tapeworm life cycle to promote washing hands and daw daan counteract pooping on the ground.  Who knew?

We started off in style by dissecting a pig and talking about various diseases and how they can be recognized when an animal is slaughtered for food.  At every turn of phrase such as "the liver will have white scars" or "the spleen will be big and black", they nodded their heads in confirmation that they had indeed encountered such an animal, and, had eaten it anyway.

The epiglottis: a wonder of creation.

In our classroom at the church in Boon's village.