Breastfeeding Practice Research in Rwanda

Charlotte and I have arrived in Kigali, Rwanda! We are a team of three (April, the medical student, will arrive in two weeks after her finals have finished) and our project is entitled, “Preparing Mothers for Breastfeeding: A Survey of the Breastfeeding Practices Recommended to Mothers”. This project was initially conducted by two UVa medical... Continue Reading →

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The Feeling of Accomplishment

This week have been very busy with Wagi labs in the morning, and telemedicine in the afternoon. We presented our project to Hannah Okyere Darko, The Vice Principal of the Nursing and Midwifery Training College (NMTC) and in-country liaison for our project. Other faculty and staff from NMTC sat in the presentation as well and... Continue Reading →

Healthcare in Peru

Greetings from Lima, Peru! We’ve been here for a little over a month now and decided to look back on our journey so far. Thanks to Philosophy Professor Jorge Secada, a limeño who splits his time between teaching at UVA in Charlottesville and living in Peru, we got accustomed to Lima pretty quickly. We’ve been... 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 →

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 →

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