Maternal Mortality and C-section Complications

The woman lying expressionless on a cot in the dimly-lit I.C.U. was about my age. She had highlights in her braided hair and deep brown, sunburned skin. She arrived at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) yesterday for management of postpartum hemorrhage. I listened to the resident anesthesiologist present her case. Her name was Clementine.... Continue Reading →

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The Journey is Better than the Destination

Traveling outside of Kigali by bus is always an adventure. The first step to get to the bus station in Nyabugogo. The first time you step into this jungle of people, buses, taxis, bicycles, and motos may be overwhelming. If you come in a taxi, instantly three or four people will be running alongside it,... Continue Reading →

Xela, Guatemala

We have been enjoying immersing ourselves in the rich culture of Guatemala here in Xela, the second largest city in Guatemala. We have taking one-on-one Spanish classes (5 hours every day) these first two weeks at a Spanish School called Celas Maya. The school is very welcoming and provides various cultural experiences and excursions to... Continue Reading →

Vharamini (What’s up), CGH!

Greetings from Thohoyandou, South Africa! Van and I arrived in South Africa last Wednesday, July 5th. After getting settled at Vevisa Lodge, we were introduced to the UNIVEN School of Nursing faculty over dinner. The following days were spent preparing for the palliative care training sessions for the community health workers of Limpopo district. The... Continue Reading →

THROUGH MY AMERICAN EYES Part 2

 Friday July 7th 2017 Today we went to school to teach the children of Wesley International School and met later during the day with our Ghanaian interns to collaborate on our Telemedicine project. Today’s lesson from the WagiLab kidpreneur book came from Mission Five, which was primarily concerned with teaching children to be empathic towards... Continue Reading →

Making Vision Visual

Thursday July 6th 2017 Currently, we are in the third phase of the Yedea project, which is analyzing the data we have collected from the hospital, and using the Design Thinking approach to understand what Telemedicine in Koforidua should look like by collaborating with Ghanaian students. After working with the Ghanaian students today, we went... Continue Reading →

Drafting Ideas

Wednesday July 5th 2017 We had a WAGiLabs session this morning and met with our Ghanaian collaborators right after. We worked on components of our Design Brief and presented our drafts to each other for feedback.    Religious and superstitious beliefs seem to influence people’s perception of disease and healing. I recall from one of... Continue Reading →

4th of July in Ghana

Tuesday July 4th 2017 Today was my first day working with the Ghanaian students on developing a telemedicine solution. They were so welcoming and had such great ideas. I look forward to working with them in the weeks to come. While my friends and family back home were busy celebrating Independence Day, today was an... Continue Reading →

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