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Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Soroti July 18th 2014

Today I went to Kumi University in Nyero with Dr Stephen. He works at the University clinic on Mondays and Fridays because they are so busy those days and at Freda Carr Hospital the rest of the week. I met him at his house in Nyero in the morning and then we walked to the university. The university clinic sees all people from around the town not just people at the university. The clinic was very nicely set up and more updated than Freda Carr or the rest of the places we have been at. We were very busy. The clinic doesn't see much malaria so it was really interesting seeing the variety of patients. One man came in who was in congestive cardiac failure. He had multiple problems. He was in his 30s or 40s. ... read more
Headed to work
Uganda medical records
Dr Steven calling in patients

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Soroti July 17th 2014

Reality of where we are working and living hit. This is Africa. A mom came in today in labor. They think she had a UTI or Malaria, both of which often cause miscarriages here. This mom was four and a half months along with triplets. The babies started coming and there was nothing anyone could do. They all came out alive. Two died shortly after birth. They were so tiny. The little fingers were the circumference of a Q-tip stick. The third was still alive and crying even around two hours after they were born. I was so excited that one looked like he could make it. I wanted to see how they did neonatal care. What I found out next traumatized me. They have no neonatal care. Ngora is too small and pretty much the ... read more
Waiting on mom
Maternity Unit.... B.Y.O.everything

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Soroti July 16th 2014

Mobile clinic today. Kevin, Amy and I went. We rode with around 16 other people in a tiny ambulance to a village called Kococwa which is North of Ngora by around 5km. It's a small rural village. We drove to a school and used the church that was on site as a set up for the clinic. The building was beautiful. Simple materials and really beautiful lighting just from it shifting and being somewhat dilapidated. This clinic itself was fun. Dr Julius introduced us and let us also introduce ourselves. He translated for us and we got to express to them how much we loved Africa, Uganda in particular. The clinic was full with people. We worked all day... Taking blood pressures, distributing medication, palpating patients, listening to and treating symptoms, etc. We worked all day ... read more
Kevin acting as the pharmacist
The local school

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe July 15th 2014

Episode 4: Goodbye Tanzania, hello Uganda July 15, 2014. Woke up this morning with a cold unfeeling reptilian eyeball staring back at me. No, it was not Ross, but a large brown gecko on my pillow. It promptly launched itself onto the wall and disappeared through a crevice. We are safe and well and are currently in Uganda. Our last few days in Tanzania were spent at Arusha National Park, where the aim was to see the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys and pink flamingos. We did a short tour with a great safari company called Wayo Africa. Arusha National park is largely cool and moist rainforest, with imposing Mt. Meru at its centre, quite unlike the other dry and hot Tanzanian parks such as the Serengeti. We again had an excellent guide, this time ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Kabale July 11th 2014

The final days in Kabale were starting to count down, before all of us MUST students would have to pack up our things, say our goodbyes, and head back to Mbarara. Work at the Kihefo clinic continued to be slow, and Leandra still had only seen one child admitted to the nutrition clinic the entire month we were there, so we decided to take matters into our own hands. After hearing the insanely disorganized and chaotic stories from the other U of S girls at the Rugazi clinic – dirty equipment, lack of supplies, severe acute cases, even helping deliver babies – we decided we need to see another hospital. So Monday morning we put on our lab coats, paraded up to the Kabale general hospital and walked in, pretending we were supposed to be there. ... read more
Curious onlookers at the camp
Inside the church
Line up of patients

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 11th 2014

After our night of clubbing at The Mist, the MUST crew woke the next morning bright and early, with a nice little hangover, so we could be ready for the bus when it came at 8am. At around 11am, we found out that it's running on African Time – you'd think we would have learned to give up on “Muzungu Time” by now. I tried explaining to Ivan that we were always ready when we were told to be, just in case it's the one time things are actually running on time here. Without hesitation he responded, “that time with never come, my friend.” And so far, he's completely right. Since we had no food left and didn't have breakfast, Leandra and I fried up the rest of the beaver tail dough for lunch so we ... read more
The Kihefo residence
Patricia and Lilian with their new mushrooms seeds

Africa » Uganda July 11th 2014

We were excited to go past our initial transition phase from NA to Africa. I figured the capital, Kampala, was our integration phase. We had leapt from our training, but were acclimatizing to Uganda. We went from capital to capital. We still had the support of each other in a larger group. I was restless, anxious, and excited to move out to the smaller town. I wondered how we would adjust to the new town, new hotel, and smaller support group. I felt a mood of restlessness and anxiousness at the Teacher Union house. We wanted to start our posters and make sure the materials were ready. But, we were in limbo waiting. I had looked at the craft market to check out souvenirs and some prices so that I would know how the smaller markets ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Kabale July 11th 2014

So, first off, I apologize for posting four blogs in a row, but power and internet have been minimal lately. First no power for several days, which is why the next two blogs are going to be short and might sound a little rushed – I quickly wrote them before my computer died. And then I didn't have a strong enough internet connection to post the blogs until now. The next week at Kihefo involved some work at the clinic and group work, as per usual, but we also did some home visits and nutritional assessments of the community. As well, our team from MUST went back to Lake Bunyonyi, again, to visit the traditional healer. One morning, 16 of us, which included some of our group members and hospital staff, crammed into the back of ... read more
The healer and his first wife
Dancing at the healer's
The school

Africa » Uganda July 10th 2014

We were not moving as fast today. But it seems like we got the bulk of the planning done. Our co tutors are very receptive to ideas which is great. I've made two observations. One, is that English seems to be the language of communication, but not conversation. I mean that all the signs, store fronts, and ads that I've seen have been in English, but when I listen to people talk, I hear more non-English. I think part of the reason for that may be that Uganda has many different district languages, and so English became the common ground under British rule. Two, is that there doesn't seem to be a lot of restoration or up keep of things like roads. It almost looks like the British put stuff in place, and then when they ... read more

Africa » Uganda July 9th 2014

We worked lots and played hard. After a better rest (less disco). I woke refreshed. Our breakfasts at the hotel consisted of a buffet with fresh pineapple and watermelon which tasted sooooo much better than any in Canada. Get to the source and freshness wins all the time. I would have African tea which is like a hot milk with tea masala spices in it such as cardamom and ginger. The sugar here looks like brown sugar. Usually eggs either boiled or you could have a little omelet. Starch- they loooove starch here. There was usually potatoes or even pasta, sausage, beans, and sometimes even meat. We figured out how to walk to the union office since most directions were thanks to Carol the team leader who had been here two years ago. The streets were ... read more

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