Blogs from Mbarara, Western Region, Uganda, Africa - page 3


Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 14th 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s all ready been eight weeks since we arrived in Uganda. After six weeks apart, the twelve of us are all back together again in Mbarara. I’ll walk you through the last part of the week… Wednesday was our final day in Rugazi; Dayna, Joline, Jillian, Tenielle, and I departed in the afternoon to meet up with the rest of our U of S team back in the city of Mbarara. It was a bittersweet goodbye – we were excited for the weekend ahead of us, but so sad to be saying farewell to our Ugandan friends. Our time in Rugazi was a truly memorable experience, and will forever be in our hearts. The Ugandan students saw us onto a public taxi, and we waved goodbye and shed some tears as the ... read more
Lake Mburo Crew
The Fabulous Five
Dayna and Joline

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 12th 2016

This past week and a half has been a complete whirlwind! And I have loved every minute of it! Last week some of us were fortunate enough to be invited with the other Nutrition and Dietitic students working here to host a nutrition camp at Ruharo Mission Hospital. This is a fairly swanky hospital within Mbarara that has one of the top optometry clinics in the country and hosts children with disabilities in a specific facility dedicated to just them. Originally the camp was to be just one day but due to Eid (the end of Ramadan) we were asked to make it two days and it was so worth it! We had such amazing support for the Ruharo staff. Basically every staff member came in, got registered, allowed us to to anthropometric measurements on them, ... read more
Food demo station at Day 2 of Ruharo Nutrition Camp
Most of the team for the Ruharo Nutrition camp
Me, Richele and James

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 11th 2016

July 10, 2016 Agandi! - Hello, how are you? Week seven?! I had to check the calendar to be sure myself but yes we have in fact completed our seventh full week in Uganda and a busy one at that. The week kicked off with two days spent working on the paediatrics ward at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital where I am spending the majority of my time during our six week clinical rotation. The paediatrics ward is adjacent to the nutrition centre at MRRH which is logical as a large percentage of the children admitted are malnurished to some degree. The first few days last week spent on the ward were an adjustment as I had no previous clinical experience and had only ever read about the signs and symptoms of malnutrition in a textbook. ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 10th 2016

The last week has been, quite simply, amazing. It’s been four days of pure amazement and a feeling of stupefaction that this is, in fact, my life. Whether it is because I chose this life, this life chose me, whether it’s something good I did in a past life, or that it’s completely unrelated to anything mystic and I’ve simply been randomly birthed into this wonderful life, I write this with the awareness that I have privilege, and for that I am thankful. Without privilege, these experiences would not be mine. True, I’ve worked hard, and dedicated my life to making these dreams my reality, but it comes down to so much more than that. This Sunday I am extremely grateful for the scholarship that sent me here, and for my parents and grandparents, who filled ... read more
Water Buck
With Sunday our Camp Cook
14 Year Old Male

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 3rd 2016

Today, and almost down to the hour of this post (in Africa not those still sound asleep in their beds back in Canada), marks my halfway point until I land back on Canadian soil. It is so hard to believe that I have already gone through half of my trip and have half to go. There are so many things I have done and seen while in this country that my blogs will never capture. It is hard to believe a life beyond this place as well. I have loved living here. The trials, ups, and downs that I have experienced here have been so amazing. Life back in Canada just seems so far away and...I just so simple to life here? I do not know how else to explain it. Working in the hospital 4-5 ... read more
Little miss Prossy getting her morning feed of F75. They get fed every two hours typically
This cool cat is Timothy. He used to be a patient of ours but is doing great!

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 28th 2016

This week was a sad one. I had to say goodbye to my lovely community in Rugazi and embrace the new/old home of Mbarara. The clinic this week was CRAZY. The shop finally released all of the drugs this week and it seems like everyone and their family came with ailments of all sorts. I was in IPD (In-Patient Department) for this week and we had a very full ward! Some of the cases we saw were malaria again, we had a TB case with stage 4 HIV, some dehydration, and some that we had no clue what was going on. The saddest patient we had this week was a 6 year old boy who had severe malaria that developed into cerebral malaria with a possibility of bacterial meningitis. He came in at the beginning of ... read more
Love our goodbye crew
Some of the group getting Pork on our last Friday in Rugazi
Buildings by the main market. My favorite tree in the area

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 30th 2015

I left off my last blog with us being down one intern since Lena flew back home and we were now frantically trying to get everything ready before the big paravet refresher training the following day. We spent the entire weekend either running around rural Uganda or on our phones and computers organizing the events. Come Monday morning we still had a lot to do in the next 24 hours, so what does Uganda decide to do? Cut the power about a half hour after we all wake up. Thanks Uganda, you’re the best. I spend half the day at a local cafe that occasionally has internet continuing to chip away on our presentation for the training. I’m not a vet yet, and I have absolutely no clue about the most common chicken diseases here in ... read more
Brit describing how to milk a cow
Paravet Joseph (not our translator) trying out the technique
Teaching some of our paravets how to vaccinate for clostridium

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 22nd 2015

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with blogging lately; I have been crazy busy the last few days. I have barely had time to eat or sleep, let alone blog about everything. The safari blogs will be coming soon (and boy, they are quite the story) but for now back to life on the project. I’m going to play catch up and try to explain a bit more of the basics of the project so I’m sorry if this ends up being a bit long. Dr. Claire Card arrived in Entebbe shortly after we got back from our mini vacation in Zanzibar (which was amazing!) and that morning we all made our way to Mbarara. Claire is a professor and veterinarian at the WCVM, and is also one of the founders of the goat project. Claire ... read more
An example of a great pen
And a less than ideal pen
The team with Ibriham and Rose

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 27th 2015

There’s all sorts of things being sold by the street. Clothes, second hand shoes, meat on a stick (haven’t dared to try yet) and all the fruits and veggies they have here. People walk around with it all, you can literally sit on the side of the road and your entire grocery list will probably pass by. There’s these things I love made with banana and doe, puck sized, pancake like and they come in packs of 5 for like 25¢. I’m going to get a whole bunch before I leave to bring back to Montreal for whoever who comes to visit me to try :P. Girls listen up! You know what they do with the skinny model mannequins here? They put a hanger at the hip length to make the hips look bigger cause big ... read more
Lovely ladies
Pioneer training
Acro Yoga

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 24th 2015

Day to day life on the project has continued to be the same as previous blog entries - field work and pulling blood, running tests, and endless community meetings. The day after we got back from Kibale Forest was Laura’s last day with us, so she gave us final tidbits of advice, said her goodbyes and abandoned us to go back to the real world in Canada. Back in my second blog, I mentioned we went to Queen Elizabeth National Park to visit Dr. Seifert and assess some new communities wanting to start their own goat projects. To start, they are planning on implementing the project in three different communities: one in the mountains, one that has issues with elephants eating their goat forage, and lastly, one community that has issues with lions eating their goats. ... read more
I just loved this little girls hair
Teaching basic goat husbandry
Lena explaining how keeping goats alive will turn a profit

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