I tend to avoid Paraguayan political stories. I know that I never know the whole story. Things are just too complex and Kansas-Paraguay Partners is about mutual understanding not taking sides in political matters. However the story that has been widely reported in ABC Color and other papers is just too interesting and more about the emerging democracy than supporting a political position. It may be that social media and new political activism have made the Paraguayan Congress reconsider a decision. Part of the story is that business establishments have refused to serve the 23 senators that voted to support a colleague. Is this a tactic we could adopt in the north? Take a look at this BBC report on the matter.
No it is not a typo. This Paraguayan food truck is in the other Pittsburgh. The one with the ‘h.’ Who knew that lomito sandwiches from Paraguay would sell in Pittsburgh. I wonder what it would take to get them to come to Pittsburg. With all of those Paraguayan students it could really take off. Bring on the milanese. My personal favorite.
Paraguay is known for harboring Nazis after the Second World War. What may be less well known is that many Jews immigrated from Germany to escape Hilter’s regime. Here is an interesting article about a new Jewish Museum in Paraguay.
On November 2 there was a launching of A 40 Year History of Kansas-Paraguay Partners by Merrill and Boots Raber. The event took place at the Faith and Life Bookstore in Newton Kansas. Here are some nice photos of the event.
Long time Kansas Paraguay member Nan Porter hosted a dinner for Dr. Feltes (left in photo) and several KPP members. Dr. Feltes is the most recent Paraguayan doctor visiting through the University of Kansas School of Medicine @ Wichita Family Practice exchange with support of Partners of the Americas and KPP. Boots and Merrill Raber are in the center of the photo. Merrill is the chair of the Health Committee and the KPP champion of the medical exchange.
Dr. Fletes is the latest visiting physician from Paraguay to participate in the Kansas Paraguay Partners (KPP) Family Practice Health Exchange.
Since 1986 the School of Medicine of the University of Kansas @ Wichita has partnered with KPP to engage in an exchange of family practice physicians between Kansas and Paraguay.
The School of Medicine reports that as a result:
- Family medicine residency programs increased from 1 to 7 in Paraguay.
- The number of family medicine residents increased from 15 to 120 per year in Paraguay
- An international elective in Paraguay was established for KUSM students.
- The program received the Award for Excellence from Partners of the Americas in 2002.
If you happen to be in the Wichita area tomorrow November 6, Dr. Feltes will is presenting a talk at noon in the Sunflower Room at the Medical School. The flyer says that lunch is provided. Dr. Feltes’s talk is Dengue Fever and the Paraguayan Health System. RSVP to Debbie Bennett: firstname.lastname@example.org