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U of L med students to leave Wednesday for mission to Tanzania

U of L med students to leave Wednesday for mission to Tanzania

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some U of L medical students are lending a helping hand across the world.

The medical students packed 15 suitcases full of medical supplies Monday to take to Tanzania in Africa.

Students will provide free medical care while traveling to villages to treat wounds, infections and diseases.

Tanzania is the 13th poorest country in the world.

Thirty-five percent of its villagers have HIV or AIDS.

"I've been taking medical missions for the last five years with U of L medical students, as a way for them to see how fortunate we are in the U.S. to live in a society where we have access to medical care," said Dr. Bill Smock, a U of L faculty leader. "In Africa, unless you have cash, you can't access medical care."

The first group of Louisville students leaves Wednesday. A second group will leave in July.

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