Last Week in Mbarara, Uganda

July 26, 2017 Hi everyone! I’m wrapping up my eighth week here in Mbarara, Uganda! The last two months have flown by. I have absolutely loved my time here, and I am sad to be leaving in just two short days. Today, Emmanuel and I gave our final presentation to the research team at Epicentre... Continue Reading →


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 →

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 →

Yedea Team, Day 15

 Monday July 3th 2017 Today, the Yedea team traveled to Boti Falls for the Ghanaian holiday. This past weekend marked Ghana’s Republic Day. Being so close to July 4th, it allowed us to kill two birds with one stone. Boti falls is located North-east of Koforidua, and is a major tourist attraction in Ghana. Located... Continue Reading →

Malaria Research in Uganda

Hello everyone! I am writing from Mbarara, Uganda, where I am working on a malaria research project with colleagues at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Our project aims to study patterns of antimalarial drug resistance through the utilization of Taqman Array Cards. In other words, we are extracting parasite DNA from infected malaria... Continue Reading →

Life in Thohoyandou, South Africa

“Ndi Matsheloni!” or good morning in Tshivenda, the primary language used in Thohoyandou, is heard throughout our home, Vevisa Lodge, when one begins his or her day. As our Madi Trial team gets ready for the day, starting off with breakfast in the kitchen, we greet other UVA students as well as the Vevisa staff... Continue Reading →

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