The past few months have seen some truly epic failures on the part of the Peace Corps medical staff here in South Africa, ranging from unprofessional to petty to sheer bloody-minded stupidity. The kind of failures that—and this is no exaggeration—could be easily avoided by an intelligent twelve-year-old. I have been thankfully free of such experiences, mainly because I haven't gotten seriously ill since arriving here. But I think the scale of the problem is such that the normal avenues for correction are not working.
Thus I've come up with the idea of doing a series on medical horror stories. So long as you are comfortable with sharing, anything you regard as a failure of the Peace Corps South Africa medical staff, no matter how short, long, or silly, send them to me! (My email is on the right sidebar.) I'll collate them into reasonable chunks to be published here anonymously.
Note: basically all the problems I'm aware of have to do with the medical staff (comprising two nurses) tasked with managing volunteers' heath here in South Africa. Since this is the medical hub for most of Africa, there is a real doctor who deals with serious medical problems for medical evacuees, who is by all accounts a competent professional. This series should not be read as casting aspersions on that doctor.