Anne-Sophie Fortier

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Anne-Sophie Fortier

Hello friends! My name is Anne-Sophie Fortier, and I am a Nutrition student at the University of Saskatchewan. I love travelling, and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program recently gave me the opportunity to spend the 2019 summer in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda! Apart from sharing in Ugandan locals' daily lives, my co-travellers and I will spend time in hospitals, learning about their healthcare system and the challenges facing healthcare access and delivery, and implementing programs for nutrition and reproductive health education. If you're at all interested in anything that was just mentioned, feel free to keep up with my adventures!



Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP July 17th 2019

It’s me again! I am not on the road to Kampala, but I still need to catch up on my blogging. My last post finished when I returned to Rugazi to begin our community placement (the real deal this time). Divided into the groups Rugazi A and B, twenty of us packed into a MUST bus and sped down the speed-bump-riddled roads to the Rubirizi district (we call our roadtrips African massages since you get shaken up pretty well). Upon arrival, we realised had no running water again. No big deal, because it will come back on right away right? Not so this time, and our custodian/babysitter (because we’re clueless as babies) Martin recruited the guys haul 20L jerry cans for our water needs. This is when I learnt the interesting way that Ugandans close their ... read more
Our banana caps
Latrine squad

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 8th 2019

Good morning! I am writing from the road between Mbarara and Kampala. These past weeks have been filled with adventures, and I’ve done a poor job at keeping up with my blog. However, in the spirit of keeping a faithful recollection of my trip, I will make a blog post for every week I’ve missed. Since I will be on the road these next few days as we travel between Kampala, Gulu, and Mbarara, I will have plenty of time and no excuse to avoid blogging. The funny thing is that I enjoy writing and I am always so satisfied when I post a blog. But I always want to add so much detail to my posts, making the writing process quite time-consuming. And so I stop writing because I’d rather be doing other things. Last ... read more
Happiest moment of the day
Our tumor fruit
The best (worst) kept secret of MUST

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

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 6th 2019

It is noon on our final day in Mbarara, it’s been pouring rain outside since early this morning, and Rayden, Brooke, and Angela have ventured into the rain in search of an authentic street-made Rolex. I think Ugandan food has grown onto us since we’ve arrived in the country… Rolex is definitely a favourite of ours. Today, we head out to our community health placements, and boy, what a ride has it been to get to this point. I should start with pointing out a major theme of this trip: African time. Granted, this is a generalization, but this term describes the common attitude towards schedules, meeting times, and life in general in Uganda. While Westerners (especially North Americans) have a tight grip on their time and look at it as minutes and hours that make ... read more
Ukulele by the lake
What a beautiful wedding!
The Nutrition Gals

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara May 29th 2019

Greetings from Mbarara! What’s new? After six days in this new city, we managed to flood our bathroom, subsequently run out of water, and get invited to a Ugandan wedding! But first things first: Mbarara is a busy and bustling city. My first impression: wow, there are so many boda bodas! These Ugandan taxis on motorcycles are as numerous as cars and are way more reckless on the road (which is saying something since vehicle drivers are notoriously reckless). They also can carry up to three passengers behind the driver or transport large bunches of bananas, parcels, or even goats on occasion. Mbarara has held nothing but surprises so far. While some things may seem similar, in reality, almost everything is different. For example, the toilets in our house: we didn’t know that the toilet handle ... read more
Enjoying a lazy afternoon at the pool
Shrimp or Grasshopper?

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe May 23rd 2019

It has been one week since we left Canada, and we are living the tourist life. We started with a couple of days of hanging out in Entebbe and seeing sights like the Botanical Gardens, which houses a variety of fruit trees from all over the world. I was hoping to see a baobab tree from Madagascar, but it turns out that it is much too humid here for these trees to grow. However, the gardens are home to another kind of resident; monkeys escaped from the Entebbe Zoo! Now, they wander the gardens looking for food, and mzugus (foreigners) like us admire them from afar. For our first meal in Africa, we convinced our guide to take us to an authentic Ugandan restaurant rather than a café that would serve us overpriced pizza. Pictured below ... read more
The 120 year old tortoise
Can you spot the little man?
Our group

North America » Canada May 14th 2019

My sleep-deprived brain is able to formulate one thought at the moment: I could be an airport intercom announcer. I speak fluent French, and I can have inintiligebly fast speech. That's all I need, right? Actually, I shouldn't trust my reasoning right now because I am running on 3 hours of fragmented sleep. The first plane of my two day flight itinerary left at 6 o'clock this morning and, as I am not the best sleeper during flights, it left me in a bit of a zombie state. That's okay though because it's a small price to pay for a three month trip to Uganda. All these months of planning, frenzied shopping, and packing have led to this: a group of U of S students (though it's just Casey and I in Toronto for now) stepping ... read more




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