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Published: June 16th 2019
learning how to better approach members in a community through a little skit, Haley is a good pregnant lady... and to twins at that!!
Hey bloggers and family,
I apologize, as I have been terrible these past weeks at keeping everyone up to date on my life in Uganda, I have been in Mbarara for the past week doing the LCP training (which I actually don’t know what that stands for, but I think its leadership community project).
This training was essential for our community project as we were introduced to and worked alongside our Ugandan counterparts, so all our learning was done together and we have already begun to build relationships. That’s not to say it wasn’t a long week of sitting in a lecture from 0815-1700hrs each day but we survived nonetheless. The Ugandan students Ken and Resty who accompanied us to Rugazi last week were our teachers for the sessions, so that made the learning more enjoyable. This week of leadership training accounts for the Ugandan students full semester of schooling and then they head out to the community for 4 weeks, so we had a little quiz every morning and attendance was mandatory. All the Canadian students have been divided between group A and B (I’m group B, and there are 11 of us in total including
my little sister on this trip
note that she is using me and my pillow to nap!
Ugandan students), but as a collective Rugazi group has 20 students which is the most students to any health site.
After learning of the Ebola outbreak in Uganda all students were pretty on edge, we were unsure if we would be pulled out of the country like the students from the USA, and it was pretty intense staying behind as the other international students flew home. But I trust the University of Saskatchewan and Mbarara University of Science and Technology to not put any of their students in undue harm. The placement in the affected district was moved elsewhere in the country and even when driving to their placements they have to go around the district and not through it. We also had a lecture from Dr. Rose, the head of Clinical Services for Hemorrhagic Fever, and Sister Rhoda (nurse), on Ebola, they have worked with many of the Hemorrhagic fevers in Uganda and are living proof that one can work with Ebola and given appropriate precautions remain unaffected. It was a privilege hearing them speak and discuss appropriate ways to assess and the procedures to follow if it were to be presented in our community.
Resty and I
I love this lady!
in Rugazi yesterday later in the afternoon and have begun settling in, we decided to pool our food money and hire a cook for our time in the community, which I am so thankful for as cooking for 20 people breakfast, lunch, and dinner should never be a volunteer position and plus we wanted to focus our time in the community on the project and clinic hours and not food preparation.
We currently have no water, so I have quickly had to overcome my aversion to toileting in a pit latrine, which has been one of the more difficult things for me to overcome in Africa.
I am thoroughly so thankful to be back in Rugazi and working alongside the Ugandan students on our community project and getting to build on these relationships.
One of the biggest culture shocks I have experienced here at the Health Centre is the lack of resources available to the patients. So they have to be able to pay for certain medications and supplies, and unfortunately one patient was unable to pay for their medications and so they went without that treatment. This is very difficult for me, because in Canada healthcare
matooke and beans for life!
is not provided based on financial resources.
But as I finish writing this blog it is beginning to rain, so we have put all our buckets out, and can hopefully shower tonight.
Ta ta for now,
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