August 2010

In early August we set off for our third training expedition to Bolivia. After 35 hours of traveling and several stopovers we arrive in La Paz quite exhausted. The beautiful scenery of La Paz with its hundred thousand lights was impressing, but with onset of the expected headache, we checked into our hotel and went straight to bed.

The next morning we  were still weighted down from the headache that comes along with a transfer to 3600 meters altitude. But this time the headache was tolerable, and luckily we were completely spared from nausea or height sickness. In preparing for the trip we took Ferrum phos D6 4 weeks before departure, to stimulate the production of red blood cells, and given that we were able to work from day one.

The three days before the first weekend seminar were filled with preparation, errands, and the revision of medical records. On the afternoon of the third day, we treated the first patient, a lot of work for the first few days at this altitude. Our condition during the first few days made us hopeful for this self-experiment.

Then the first weekend seminar started, with three new trainees. Luckily they were prepared by a group of experienced students and so it was not difficult to integrate them into the course. However, as on the second weekend yet another three potential new students arrive we asked to close the course.  Not only does it get more difficult to make up for missed lessons, also the capacities of the teachers at one point are limited.

Overall 34 students were now enrolled, about 30 of them returning reliably. Of course, the temptation to include everyone that is interested parties is huge, but we also need sufficient capacities for our students to actually practice. And a training where each participant treats a patient maybe only once a year is not what we imagine.

Teaching in La Paz was a great pleasure, as always. Most students were very well prepared, focused and dedicated. In the first six months of the course they had formed two study groups where they worked together, in order to repeat and deepen their understanding of the issues.

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Country information



1,098,581 km2


10 Mio

Population density:

9.7 inhabitants/km2

Official language:

Spanish and 36 indigenous languages

Life expectancy women:

67 years

Life expectancy men:

64 years