Monday, October 11, 2010

Random Sightings

Just adding some points of interest.

1. Coughing Post outside the TB clinic. I can only assume that if you have active TB you're supposed to go inside and cough instead of spreading your germs around.  Nevermind the fact that there are no windows on the post and it's probably full of other people's TB (which could be multi-drug resistant)...

2. Plumpy Nut.  High protein and high energy peanut-based paste for treating acute malnutrition.  Apparently like peanut butter, only sweeter, yum. Best name of any food so far.  Although I doubt it would go over that well in North America...


  1. Lumpy Nut raises a question. It seems to me that peanut allergies are more prevalent in N.A. now than when I was young. (My impression may be wrong.) Anyway, are peanut allergies as common in Botswana?

  2. Plumpy'nut was invented by a French dude in the mid-90s and has been the subject of huge controversies recently, particularly related to its intellectual property issues - which the company really, really, really protects. India has banned the product for political reasons (they call it a "colonial" import). Paul Farmer has decided to ignore the patent and produce it on a local farm in Haiti using locally-farmed peanuts, which I think is pretty awesome.