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Hi, I am considering a career in a neurological specialty but it is too soon to say anything for sure. Over the summer I plan to go to a developing country and do some medical volunteering as well. Also, while I am there I was thinking of conducting some of my own research. Basically I am asking for your “professional” help; I would like to know what type of research I would be able to do in a developing country with people who are mentally handicapped…I have some ideas, but am curious to know whether there are other ways to conduct this research…So if you were going abroad and were working with the “mentally” handicapped what type of research would you want to conduct? Yes I know this seems a bit too complex to respond to due to the information I presented, but the location of these “mentally” handicapped hospitals is in rural and poverty stricken cities that I was unable to research online or find any other information about because this country views these type of people as a disgrace to their community so I cannot say exactly what I can do, but I would like information on something people in your field may have an interest in doing if they went to areas like this. Also, if this helps, there are hospitals dealing with leprosy, mental ******ation, autism, cerebral palsy and other multiple disabilities…please this may sound odd to some but I would like some help so I could eventually do something and maybe it can help others


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if i am not mistaken, there´s been an article maybe 1-2 years ago about neurology in ethopia..they do not have a mri and only one ct in the country, at least then.....
just to give you an idea about "modern" aspects in a developing country...

second, when it comes to mental problems not neurological.....most countries in africa do not even have a psychiatrist.
there was a nice article about the only one in ghana i think published at the who website about a year ago....guess how they deal with mental ill.....

but, you are right, there´s oppotunity for research.

i would first think about a country you´d like to go and the pros and cons, then do some web surfing on this country, health system.......and check it out further....

I know of the neuroifectionist at the medical university in innsbruck, austria that also runs the icu and he´s big into research in africa, his name is erich schmutzhard(t), you might want to check him out on pubmed...

another alternative would be to check if you find natives of your prefered cou ntry in the usa working in neuro or psych and contact them....

its anyway a tough approach, but if it´s done well, publication can be high (nejm loves articles about the 3rd world)
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