Six students from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College trek across Mongolia in search of illumination, perspective, and the perfect cup of Yak-milk tea.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

WARNING! This post is less absurdly pointless than usual.

    People of Earth,

    For all of you content-enthusiasts this post actually has some content! Well, what passes for content in my posts, considering my last post consisted largely of a poem about a robot falling into water and exploding.
   I've started my internship with the Maternal And Child Medical Research Center of Mongolia, in their ophthalmology department. I've decided that in addition to my academic research, I'm going to do a development project with this department similar to the one I'm working on with the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology in Kakinada, India. Some of you may know about that, if not, don't worry. I sat down with the department heads, and we came up with some target areas for improvement.
    This is where you, the reader come in. Using the transformative power of the internet and perhaps some other buzz phrases, I'm hoping to stumble upon a few contacts or leads for my project. Therefore, if you think you can help with any of the following points, no matter how tenuous your lead or contact may be, I would be very grateful. If you can, please e-mail me at
1)     A philanthropically-minded physician who would be willing to come to Mongolia and run a workshop on the latest pediatric cataract surgery techniques. Medical translators, a venue, and lodging would be provided, but as it stands the physician may need to arrange their own transportation.
2)     Contacts or information on a defense department program that provides medical equipment from closing military bases to hospitals in the developing world.
Or, any other sources that could provide the following equipment:
A.B Scan, Autorefractometer, Prism, Retinoscopy equipment, Indirect Binocular Opthalmoscopy equipment, and cataract surgery equipment.
3)     Donations of any of the following pharmaceuticals: Anti-viral and antibiotic topical eye drops, mydriatic, miotic, and ungentiem.

    If you can potentially help with any of these aspects of the project, please e-mail me at I'm also happy to answer any questions you might have about the project, if any. Sorry for the long post, keep reading, and hope to hear from you soon.