Stories From the Field: Juan Carlos

Stories from the field represent a series of remembrances from over a million miles on the road.

September 2008

I was in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay on assignment for the Global Fund. CDE is defined by hyperactive cross border trading with Brazil. And, as you might guess, it’s prisons are full of traders, fixers, and others who have put their toes well over a few legal lines. We had come to CDE Regional Prison to document a successful Global Fund sponsored program that fights the spread of TB. Prisons are incredibly good incubators of TB because conditions tend to be crowed, dirty, and wet. TB is transmitted through the air, mostly through coughing. So if you are locked in a crowded cell, it is difficult to protect yourself from infection. Stopping the spread of TB in prisons is important because, as one guard put it, “Sooner or later you are going to have to let them out”. Read more

Stories From the Field: How I broke a Car, a House, a Temple and Myself in One Day

Stories from the field represent a series of remembrances from over a million miles on the road.

There I was, there I was, there I was- Laos.  This was my first mission to Laos and I did not know what to expect.  All I knew was that Laos had the dubious distinction of being the country that has had the most bombs dropped on it without ever being in a war.  Yes the US dropped the bombs trying to disrupt the Viet Cong supply lines during the Vietnam War. The Laotians have not forgotten.  In rural villages and midsized towns it is not unusual to see displays of unexploded ordinance.

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