A World Away: So Much Need, So Few Resources
February 01, 2006
Last year, I had the opportunity to spend a week at a cancer institute in equatorial Africa. A colleague of mine, Waafa El-Sadr, MD, heads a Columbia University program establishing health-care units in African nations to treat HIV-infected people with antiretro-viral drugs. Waafa was initiating one such unit at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in Dar el Salaam, Tanzania. When doctors there expressed a need for a visiting oncologist to update them on issues relevant to HIV-infected patients with cancer, Wafaa thought of me. She felt that my experience treating AIDS patients in the days prior to the elaborate regimens we now have would be particularly instructive in the ORCI setting.