Baid wa Matisha

July 17, 2017 Last week we visited a school in rural Morocco, particularly in the area of Ourika, which is about thirty minutes out of Tahanaout. The town is beautiful and full of culture. We went to see the progress of the school in terms of the partners (director, teachers, parent teacher association, and students)... Continue Reading →

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Gender Training

July 13, 2017 As we began to learn more about the details of the project, and what exactly encompasses Social Accountability- the more we realize just how holistic this approach is and why it is so vital. Community participation and mobilization is at the core of Social Accountability. Here in the rural regions of Al... Continue Reading →

Social Accountability 101

July 5, 2017 We have started our internship with the Near East Foundation and are working with them on their LEAD project (Linking Education and Accountability for Development in Morocco). The project is about integrating social accountability in the development of education. The major objectives of LEAD are to develop a participatory tool that can... 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 →

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 →

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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