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A Piece of My Mind
March 23/30, 2005

Jambo, Jahi

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(12):1430-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1430

All day, the mother worried. The night before, Jahi felt hot. In the morning he refused to eat and cried like a bird. Now he was sleepy . . . too sleepy. Should she put him in a sling and set off for the government clinic? Ah, but remember last month? After walking and waiting for most of a day, she discovered the clinic had no malaria medicine. Maybe next week, the nurse had said, shrugging her shoulders. Why don’t you try the drug seller? Instead, the woman trudged home under an inky sky with the boy on her back.

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