23 September 2011

 

“A rushed journey is a waste of time; you can see nothing. I am here by the grace of God; I must take advantage of it and examine nature carefully, for I shall never return to these waters again. Instinct tells me to let myself drift with the swift current. Reason stops me: for an explorer, hurrying through an unknown land is like running away from the enemy”. Jules Crevaux, French Naval Surgeon

 

Ten years ago, in 2001, I went down the Rio Negros in the Amazonas Region of Brazil and Venezuela. The experience was one that I had dreamed about since I first saw pictures of Toucan birds in childhood picture books. I still dream about it having been on this trip, for it  excited desires to travel to remote and wild regions that I probably should have fostered many years prior to this journey. 

 

Thinking of the 2 month long trip a decade ago rekindles the images that I preserve of the journey like leadership, loyalty and a love for the environment.

 

I am planning to go back in November of this year, for I need to savour nature in its most pristine atmosphere again. This time I am going to take around a dozen others who want to look at the region too.

 

The river Rio Negros, a tributary of the Rio Amazonas, beckons and I want to see as much of it as I can so my expedition is planned to leave from Manaus and travel to Sao Gabriel in the North West of Brazil. Then we cross into Venezuela and travel up to San Carlos along the Negros before heading into the Casiquiare and motoring by river boat to the Orinoco – one of the most magical of all rivers in the world, and certainly one of the more remote.

 

This Amazonas region of the world is still the provider of so much information on travel and geographical health that I am looking forward to it. A journey to South America is like none other; in colour, in nature though with considerable risk.

 

Primary Principles of the Mission Endeavour:

¨                  TO CONDUCT CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH, WITH THE TROPICAL INSTITUTE OF MANAUS, IN INVESTIGATING THE PREVALENCE OF      TROPICAL AND INFECTIOUS     DISEASES AMONGST THE RIVERINE   POPULATION MEDICINE OF THE AMAZON

¨                  TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CULTURES AND ENVIRONEMENTS OF THE REGION, AND BY DOING SO, TO APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THEM

¨                  TO STUDY THE CULTURES OF THE REGION, AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BY CONVEYING OUR OWN CULTURAL HERITAGE

¨                  TO UNDERTAKE A JOURNEY THAT IS SAFE

 

The journey will be around a month and wonder-filled. We currently are developing research topics for our trip. What an exciting occasion this will be. I hope that you will join us on our blog, as we travel into the diversity of traditional inhabitants, flora and fauna biodiversity, and exciting and mesmerizing new experiences.     

 

AMAZON STORM

Amazon rain hints from afar away and beyond

Grey colours come timid to harsh, threatening

Colours and hues of a river’s edge and beauty

With that of its own. Beginning soft to beguile

Only to pound, smash, and stamp and rage

Accompanied by smashing thunder booming to

Follow flashing jags and belts of white or yellow

That stamps their mark over an expansive ceiling

Limited by vision and patience to watch, to wait

Until the distance is seen again with clear fresh.

 

Marc Shaw

Expedition Leader

It’s finally happening! And how appropriate too as this year will be the 10th Anniversary of the death of our great New Zealander, Sir Peter Blake.

We have now firmed up our itinerary and beaten down the costs to get a pretty good deal.

The journer in uncommon and has been specifically tailored to our requirement. There is a maximum limit of 12-14 spaces and it is intended that every one has an aim/project to complete whilst on the journey.

Worldwise Expeditions will select companions for the available spaces based on sense of character, project/aim and commitment.

At this stage the itinerary is mildly flexible so we are open to looking at incorporating your project requirements and situation.

We are really excited about this one!!! Please pass on to any family and friends that may be interested.

 

 

Contact Clare: clareshaw@worldwise.co.nz for more details

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Sought from those interested in a month long intrepid expedition to Brazil in memory of

Sir Peter Blake on the 10th Anniversary of his death in Amazonas

Typical River housing - Near Manaus

“I was with Sir Peter Blake in 2001. I am going back to personally commemorate the journey I took with him 10 years ago. I hope that others will join me as I again explore the region and conduct various  research and artistic endeavours on the journey” Marc Shaw

EXPEDITION OUTLINE

  • A month long journey entirely by river boat from Manaus, up the Rio Negro towards a memorial site at the junction of the  Cassiquiari and Orinoco. This is an exciting adventure with limited spaces!
  • The expedition will travel through changing landscapes, small river populations, explore the beautiful wide spaces of the Amazonas region, and the people living on this most majestic of rivers
  • Extraordinary flora and fauna, animals and insects
  • Various aquatic species, fishing opportunities
  • An additional adventure includes venturing up to Rio Araca and Rio Demeni towards the spectacular ‘waterfalls region’. This is an area rarely seen by travellers which houses an impressive waterfall known as Cachoeira do El Dorado. Only recently discovered, this is a wild and remote area with little known about it and the expedition offers an option of trekking, forest survival camping and training
  • From Sao Gabriel, the last major town in Brazil, we transverse rapids into Cucuy and then into Venezuela, travelling through San Carlos, then up the legendary Casiquiare tributary to the Orinoco River – at the junction of which there is a Memorial to Sir Peter Blake

A unique outdoor adventure / Nature, Travel and Tropical Medicine at its best!

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROJECT TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION

info@worldwise.co.nz

Marc Shaw with colleague Dr Monkey during his last venture to the Amazonas region

With ‘The Prof’ now safety back from Afghanistan, he is now contemplating his next journey. This one will be rather more isolated; deep in the jungles of the Amazonas in Brazil.

Marc Shaw was the Team Doctor on the ‘Sir Peter Blake Expedition’ to Amazonas in 2001. This was a voyage that had personal significance to Marc as it involved travel to a region long dreamt about – about since childhood, when he first recalled the romantic term ‘Amazonas’ and all that its images conjured. Sir Peter was tragically and shockingly murdered on this journey 10 years ago. Marc Shaw and his team is going back to the region, with some family and friends, to acknowledge the occasion and salute a great New Zealander. The Group will be called WORLDWISE EXPEDITIONS.

Francisco de Orellana was the Spanish adventurer who in 1541 accomplished the first descent of the River Amazon. Since this time, adventures and expeditioners have been intrigued by the Amazonas region of Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru. So much so that many have tried in many various ways to explore the River Amazon and its tributaries. The attraction is the largest river in the world; one accounting for approximately 1/5 of total world’s river flow.

Over the last 30 years there have been two significant expeditions into the region: firstly, in 1982 Jean Michael Cousteau led a large scale scientific exploration of the Amazon from its mouth to its origin. The “Cousteau Amazon Expedition” gave insights into the biology, environment and geology of the largest river system on earth. Secondly in 2001, New Zealander Sir Peter Blake went with a crew of 26 upon his yacht, Seamaster, into the Amazon basin. This journey was to be one of exploration and of education on what living was like in the region.

WORLDWISE EXPEDITIONS are going back into the region to investigate and research it, explore it and learn from their experiences. As Jules Crevaux, French Naval Surgeon in the Amazon, said “A rushed journey is a waste of time; you can see nothing. I am here by the grace of God; I must take advantage of it and examine nature carefully, for I shall never return to these waters again. Instinct tells me to let myself drift with the swift current. Reason stops me: for an explorer, hurrying through an unknown land is like running away from the enemy”.

WORLDWISE EXPEDITIONS is planning a journey to the Amazonas regions of Brazil and Venezuela, to visit the region explored with intrigue and fascination by early explorers such as: Alexander von Humboldt, AR Wallace, and also recently by the 1968 Geographical Magazine Hovercraft Expedition.

The Amazonas Region is exciting and mesmerizing: new images, new experiences, new animals and plants, and new cultures.  Going into this beautiful and remote region, Marc Shaw learned much about human nature in the Amazonas environment, about compassion and about himself and his medicine. ‘Completing such a journey made me so much richer than ever I could otherwise have dreamed of’, he writes.

Read more about this, on a regular basis until the Expedition commences and then join us from your computer here in New Zealand to explore the hinterlands of Brazil and Venezuela.

July 21, 2010

WORLDWISE 2010 TRAVEL MEDICINE CONFERENCE PROVES SUCCESSFUL!

WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres, NZ,  recently held a successful Travel Medicine Conference for Health Professionals in Christchurch.

These educational events have been presented annually by WORLDWISE, for the last 12 years and are the longest ongoing regular open travel health meetings in Australasia. More than 70 Health Professionals from around New Zealand attended this year’s conference to update and gain knowledge of safe practice in the delivery of health care to intending travellers.

Key Speakers included: Prof Peter Leggat, Dr Deborah Mills from Australia, Dr Michael Moreton from Thailand and Assoc Prof Marc Shaw from New Zealand.

Doctor Deborah Mills, Medical Director for The Travel Doctor – Brisbane, contributed a wealth of information on ‘Women and Children travellers’, Risk assessmentof travellers, advice on travel health and vaccinations travelling to Bhutan, an update on the Australian prep, and pep guidelines for Rabies, and finally on Mosquito borne diseases in the north of Australia.

Professor Peter Leggat, Head of School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, applied his considerable expertise and research knowledge to the current Travel Medicine, Mosquito prevention measures, gastro problems for travellers and Anti-malarial management.

Dr Michael Moreton from Bangkok Hospital in Thailand added an interesting expatriate perspective and experiences of working in Asia, dealing with expatriates, and essentials of travel for health tourism.

Assoc Prof Marc Shaw, WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres NZ infused his personal experiences and research into his presentations on The terrors of Travel, the safety and security of travellers, a Cholera vaccine update,  First Aid travel medical kits, Malaria, and Rabies epidemiology in New Zealand.

Other Speakers included: Hemi Morete – QSI Solutions, David Hammer – Microbiology, Edward Coughlin – Sexual Health Department,Iain Bell/Sue Chambers-Ross/Lincoln Nicholls – NZDF, Dr Mark Taylor / Dr Janine Rasmussen ‘ Lisa Scotland – WORLDWISE, Dr Debbie Walkden –The Travel Doctor NZ.

A variety of other topics were covered including the management of risk for groups and corporates / Safety and Security / Dengue Fever / Acute Mountain sickness / Kiwi Family holidays to in the pacific / Post Tsunami outbreaks / Life style issues of travellers / Travellers Diarrhoea / Insects and critters /New Zealand Defence Force perspectives on deployment travels to Samoa during the Tsunami experiences, and the Afghanistan.

WORLDWISE received fantastic feedback for the two days of education and would like to thank all the speakers who presented.

Planning is well ahead for the next conference in 2011 and those who wish to receive upcoming information are invited to write to online@worldwise.co.nz

WORLDWISE would also like to thank Glaxo Smith Kline for their unique contributions towards such a successful event.

Travel and Tropical Medicine is a growing  specialization. With around 2 million kiwis travelling overseas per year, Travel Health Professionals need to be regularly updated in global travel health information.

The WORLDWISE ONLINE Seminars have been annually presented for the last 12 years, and are the longest ongoing regular ‘open’ travel health meetings in Australasia.

This year’s WORLDWISE ONLINE conference offers Health Professionals a solid platform on which to learn and up-skill knowledge in this exciting specialization. It is aimed at all Primary Health Care Practitioners (General Practitioners, Public Health Physicians, Infectious Disease Specialists, Military medical Staff,  Pharmacists) with an interest in travel medicine. Primary Healthcare Nurses who have attended previous WORLDWISE ONLINE Level 1 courses are also invited to attend this annual meeting.

This year, the primary focus of the Conference will be on Corporate travellers and families travelling to the Asia – Pacific region. Special focus will be on

i) ‘rabies in our region’

ii) the safety of travel

iii) how to develop a risk analysis of a travel itinerary

iv) Women and children travellers

There are to be special sections on ‘country based   requirements’ for travel to South East Asia and Oceania.

The conference will be hosted at Hotel So in Central Christchurch. A hotel which implements sustainable business practices that reduce its ecological footprint.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • To understand safe practice in the delivery of health care to intending travellers, particularly to those travelling to the Asian and Pacific region
  • To update knowledge on current pertinent travel health issues and its relevance to current medical practice
  • To understand and develop knowledge base in Travel and Geographical Medicine  practice
  • To identify when it is vital to refer patients/travellers to specialty services
  • To understand the advice that corporate travellers need to keep them well on overseas  deployment
  • To understand what responses are needed in global emergency

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

  • Travelling groups and corporates      – Risk assessment
  • Life style issues of Travellers – Sex and STI’s
  • Medical Tourism – The Thailand Experience
  • Update on Dengue Fever – Current thinking and into the future
  • Food and Water borne issues – The family holiday, outbreaks
  • Woman and children travellers     – management, the pregnant traveller
  • Mosquito borne diseases
  • Wilderness weather extremes and travel – Creepy Crawlies , the essence of management
  • Region specific destinations – Asia, Pacific
  • Post natural disaster outbreaks – Thailand and Samoa experiences
  • Update on Malaria – Future developments
  • Rabies – devising a management plan, the Bali experience

WORLDWISE Post Graduate Conference Advanced Level – The New Zealand Advanced course in Travel, Tropical and Geographical Medicine for Travel and Primary Health Care Practitioners – has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 13.25 Hours CME for General Practice Educational Programme Stage 2 (GPEP2) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.

For more information, full programme details or registration, please contact Clare at online@worldwise.co.nz or 09 520 5830

We look forward to seeing you there!