A typical house in the Bandim district of Bissau.
I was quite amazed by these paintings on this house wall. It
somehow reminded me of the America's - maybe that was also
what the artist had in mind. So also in Bissau they listen
to too much American rap music about how cool it is to do
drive-by shootings and enjoy big-boob girls.
I managed to take snap-shots of in front of the parliament
in Bissau. It was not moving at all except for some strange
regular shaking of its body. It observed me with as a great
an interest as I observed it:-)
A Total gas station in the centre of Bissau not far form the
harbor. Notice the red ribbon on the wall which is a symbol
for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living
with AIDS. On the right of the ribbon there was some
additional information about the disease written in Portuguese.
This kind of information could be found all around the inner
city. Unfortunately many people are illiterate, they cannot
afford condoms and even if they could it is very hard to
find places where you can buy them. If we also consider that
men in this area have several wives and several lovers you
suddenly have an escalating HIV problem in the country. In
continuation of this no treatment is provided for HIV and
AIDS patients in Guinea-Bissau - the country is simply
On the fašade is written "Belem's health centre".
The centre was one of the centers used by the Bandim Health
Project to test for tuberculosis and other diseases. The
building's general outdoor renovation also reflected its
indoor condition:-( Here I by the way met two doctors who
spoke fluent Russian since they got their degree from
Russian universities. The level of education in Guinea-Bissau
is overall very low and those few with good education
primarily got their degrees abroad.
Morten in the laboratory facilities he is using for his
study. The facilities are part of the National Laboratory in
Guinea-Bissau e.g. a facility somewhat equal to Statens
Serum Institut in Denmark. A thing which certainly
differs from the Danish variant is that the National
Laboratory does not receive any funding from the state.
Actually almost all funding come from Swedish and Danish
projects/companies. On this visit we where so unlucky to
experience one of the very frequent black-outs which lasted
around 5 minutes until the backup generators were running
and the power came back on.
On Friday the 27th October the project had visitors from MRC
in The Gambia and one of the visitors held a presentation of
his work with AIDS treatment and research in The Gambia.
Even I as not being a doctor got some good facts and
information from his presentation. Later in the evening I
lost two games of Settlers to him and Karen (the girl to the
right on the picture). To my defense it was the first board
game of Settlers I ever played.
On one of the last days in Bissau I went souvenir shopping
with Marie (left) and Karen (right) to buy nice wooden
figures. We had a good time bargaining with the locals in
the heat. A small tip for before you go on your next trip to Bissau is that
you can approximately get the wooden souvenirs for a bit
less than half the price they are asking (without
"killing" them and their family).