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Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 7th 2019

Agandi! Where to start? So much has happened in so little time. We have finished our community placement and now we are off to Kampala for a couple days to make some "site visits". We're not entirely sure what that entails, but we are trusting that our supervisors will make it a meaningful and memorable time. :) Yesterday we returned to Mbarara to spend the night before continuing the journey to the capital. Saying good-bye to the Rugazi community was difficult to say the least. for once we actually left on (Canadian) time, which was unexpected and made the hugs and teary good byes feel all the more abrupt. Even in spite of language/cultural differences and the short amount of time we spent in Rugazi, the people and the circumstances they face have affected us deeply ... read more
Afripads for All!
Pad-making Partay
Our Parting Gift

Africa » Uganda July 3rd 2019

It has been a while since my last blog post. Things have been quite busy in Rugazi and it seems like I blinked and 3 weeks have gone by. I love it here, it’s so beautiful and I’m learning so much at the clinic. I have spent a lot of time in the out patient department and really enjoy discussing each patient’s case with the other healthcare students. I have also gone the 3 c-sections since the first still born c-section I attended. All three went very smoothly with happy healthy baby and mama. I think the best moment of the trip was when I got to give a new baby to the family. Everyone was so excited and I was able to share in their joy. I’m sad that this is my last week in ... read more

Africa » Uganda July 1st 2019

Unfortunately, last week I was not feeling well. Both my Ugandan and Canadian friends were amazing at nursing me back to health from the lab, pharmacy, and nursing aspects. On Saturday, we went to King Fisher, which is a lodge nearby. We spent the day swimming and enjoying the sunshine. This pool overlooks Queen Elizabeth Park, which is a beautiful view. On Sunday, I spent most of the afternoon working in the clinic to make up for lost time. The clinic was very busy with many laboring women. I assisted in the delivery of a baby boy and spent the day assisting the midwives with various other tasks. It was great, I love working in the clinic. Today, I spent the morning doing rounds with the doctor then assisted in the theatre during a c-section. What ... read more
King Fisher
Making homemade fruit juice
Beautiful sunset overlooking Queen Elizabeth Park

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP July 1st 2019

Hello bloggers and family, So again I must apologize for the 2 weeks it has been since I last updated, life in Rugazi is busy. We are working mornings in the clinic and then in the afternoon we head out to the community to work on our project. This last Tuesday I woke up pretty sick, along with a few of the other Canadian students, so we ran some blood tests and we all tested positive for a bacterial infection. So it has been an interesting few days hooked up to intravenous (IV) fluids, but 24 hours after starting antibiotics and I am back to my crazy self. I never imagined myself running IV fluids from the bars in my window in a village in Africa, but a new experience nonetheless. I hate that I haven’t ... read more
the children making their own pads
teaching the children
teaching the children to make pads

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 28th 2019

Agandi, and welcome back to the pearl of Uganda! Another couple of weeks down in Rugazi, and we've successfully hashed out our team community projects! The supervisor finally paid us a visit, and gave us the OK for our "plan A" topic on menstrual health. We bought and brought over 300 packages of Afripads (Ugandan-made reusable cloth pads) with us and are looking forward to distributing the pads in the coming weeks as we educate girls in primary 4 - 7 (approximately ages 10-16) about menstrual hygiene and how to make their own cloth pads from the resources available to them. By giving the girls the skills to make these pads for themselves, we hope that this project will be sustainable and have an impact that goes beyond just handing out donations. Thanks to Halimah, the ... read more
Interviews and interventions
Playing pretend
Ninkukunda munonga!

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 26th 2019

The last two weeks have been jam packed. We completed our community health training at MUST with the Ugandan students. The days were full of classroom learning and our evenings were spent with Kenneth and Resty (our Ugandan friends) exploring Mbarara, enjoying local restaurants, street food (lots of rolex), and night life. That weekend we embarked for Rugazi again, this time accompanied by our Ugandan counterparts. We have spent the last two weeks at the same health centre I described in my last entry. I have found myself establishing a niche on the maternity ward. I find I can be most useful there and I am learning so much from the midwives, who are all so good to me. The mothers and babies are also incredible. I'm in awe every day of the resiliency of the ... read more
Our Rugazi community team with a local Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) and our Village Health Team (VHT) member
View from one of our runs
Part of the Health Centre IV where we live and work

Africa » Uganda June 16th 2019

After 1 week in Rugazi, we returned to Mbarara to receive the week long community training. The training was very slow and we often went over the scheduled end time, sometimes more than an hour. I found it difficult to stay engaged and focused because the teaching style was different than I’m used to as it was very slow with many rhetorical questions and too much time be allotted for students to try and come up with examples. We are now in Rugazi but unfortunately we discovered there is no water and we are not sure when it will return. I’m curious what the clinical work will be like now that all the Ugandan students are here and Dr. Amber is gone. I’m hoping it will be as fulfilling as our first week in Rugazi. ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 16th 2019

Agandi! It seems that I'm beginning to run on Ugandan time, so my apologies if you were beginning to feel impatient waiting for another delayed post. This blog post will be brief--which may end up becoming the Ugandan sense of "brief" which probably means that it will take longer than you would have anticipated even before I mentioned the word "brief". Sorry, but not sorry. ;) If you want to get a better sense of this Ugandan time I have been mentioning, here's a quick and dirty summary on our experiences with the lingo regarding time: Be there in five minutes means "I haven't left yet". It takes about ten minutes translates to a range of anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours. Soooo the pace of life is definitely slower here, which I have come ... read more
Mango Madness
"B" is for Best
Roadtrip to Rugazi

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 16th 2019

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. ... read more
my little sister on this trip
Resty and I
meal prepping

Africa » Uganda June 16th 2019

To my dear friends and family, I know, I know, I've been terrible at keeping you all up to date with my Ugandan adventure. These past couple weeks have been busier than expected and my blog has been placed on the backburner. But I am back and ready to brag about the amazing time we’ve been having in the Pearl of Africa! At the time of my last blog, I had just arrived in Rugazi for a week of clinical learning and community touring. Five people joined our team for the occasion: two medical students from the U of S, Brianna and Jennifer, and their supervisor Dr. Amber, as well as two Ugandan students from MUST, Ken and Resti. Our days consisted of mornings in the wards of Rugazi's Health Center IV (abbreviated to HC IV), ... read more
Future dietitians at work
Exhausted and sweaty, we made it!
Our valiant Devina among the banana trees




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