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Feb
04

What does it take?

When you read a post on Facebook or an article that talks about giving vaccinations in a developing country, what do you think about? Have you ever wondered what it takes to make these vaccinations happen? How do these people get the vaccines? Who gives them? Where do the patients come from? How do they know when/where to come? I am going to walk you through exactly what it takes to get a vaccine from the department of health all the way to a patient in the country side.

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Feb
01

Saving Mommas, Saving Babies

We work with 90 “matwons.” or traditional birthing attendants (TBAs). Lay men and women who deliver babies in the field. They have been so diligent in coming to our DFID supported trainings since 2014. Last week, I was gathering some feedback with them. And I decided, mostly out of curiosity, to find out where they learned this very practical art of delivering babies. Most of these men and women have never finished school. Few read and write. They sign-in to the training with a fingerprint. So who introduced them to the art of bringing babies into the world? How long have they been doing this?

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Jan
25

Fundraiser in the field

Ok, the title is a little misleading as at no point was I entrusted with caring for any patients (thankfully for everyone!) but I have just returned from my first trip to Haiti where I got a chance to see what was going on with my own eyes. I am so thankful for the chance to have this experience as I can honestly say it will stay with me for years to come.

IMG_0167Haiti is an amazing country. Such natural beauty, warm and friendly people and a rich history that is not known to many. I spent time with some lovely people and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. I feel a little guilty for saying it but I had a great week in Haiti. Read more »

Jan
12

6 Years on – sadness & hope

Today marks 6 years since Haiti’s devastating earthquake that captured the worlds attention and changed a nation incomprehensibly.  When asked this morning about how people feel, the head of our partner hospital said ‘people will reflect, some with sadness, some with hope’.  These are two abundantly strong characteristics in Haiti (sadness and hope) which we witness every day, not just as a legacy of January 12th 2010, but as a legacy of the daily struggles and triumphs of life in this beautiful but desperate nation. Read more »

Jan
04

Capacity Building

Capacity building is a concept that is thrown around with people who are working in development. It’s this phrase that is written, used as a catch-phrase, & discussed in meetings… but what does it look like? What does building- placing blocks, sweating, working hard- someone’s capacity actually look like? Can you touch it, see it, understand it? Read more »

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