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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 July 4th 2016

My last week in Rugazi found me back in OPD, which was now very busy since word spread to the community members that the drug shipment had come in. Most of the other medical students had left, which meant Dayna and I got to play doctor for the week. On Monday morning there were two Ugandan nursing students assessing the patients, ordering lab tests, diagnosing, and writing prescriptions. There was such an abundance of patients to see that we knew it was impossible for these two nurses to see them all; we then went and found people to translate for us and started doing all the things that the other nurses were doing. It’s tough being in a situation with no clear guidelines to follow- we experienced an ethical dilemma when deciding how we should tackle ... read more
Yay Brownies!
Operating Room

Africa » Uganda » Western Region July 4th 2016

Our time in Rugazi has come to an end. In only two more sleeps and I will be in a crowded van on my way back to Mbarara… The last week went well; I worked again in the inpatient ward, administering medications, performing IV starts, and scratching my head at some of the more troubling cases. There are really only a few courses of treatment provided here – antibiotics, malaria treatment, and fluid replacement. There were a couple of psychiatric cases the last couple weeks, and they receive an antipsychotic and/or mood stabilizer. The more time I spend at the clinic, the more I realize that a lot of what is done here is a crap shoot – different clinical officers prescribe different drugs and dosages for similar symptoms; antibiotics are used in abundance, I would ... read more
Team A
Marius Failing
Flappy Cup Time

Africa » Uganda July 3rd 2016

Hi Everyone! This is my first time blogging, so please bear with me as I try to sum up two amazing weeks!! I hope everyone had a great Canada Day long weekend. Canada Day here was a great day for us. Montana and Ian went to work for the day, while James and I had the day off. In the evening, they celebrated Canada Day by throwing a BBQ and having a few drinks with the girls from Vets without Borders and a few locals from Uganda. It was a great way to start the weekend!! On a personal note, being in Uganda, I am learning first hand how fortunate I am to be born in Canada. There are many reasons I am thankful to be Canadian - too many to list here. Through this experience, ... read more

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 » Queen Elizabeth NP July 3rd 2016

I’m a little behind in blogging my adventure. But if you bear with me, I’ll catch you up. Last Saturday, three of the muzungus returned to Mbarara to start their hospital placements. Five of us elected to stay here in Rugazu and see through a little bit more of the community projects. Dayna and I are the remaining muzungus in Rugazi Group B and Jill, Joline and Carrie remained here to work with Group A. The past two weeks our group has been making a lot of headway on our community project. Our goal/objective (or “measurable result” as they call it here) is to increase the number of people using family planning in our village. Two weeks ago Britany, Dayna and I were stationed in OPD. The week was fairly standard, except for Thursday and Friday. ... read more
The family planning education session attendees
Martha, Marius and Mariah
The LC1's kids

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

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