When the SCOPE team visited from Seattle, they had an idea. “Why don’t we create a poster to put up in the health centers SCOPE works with, to show people what we do?” So in our office in Gondar, Sheldon and I played around with images and layouts, trying to express the “essence” of SCOPE. […]Read more "A Lesson in Health Promotion"
Last week we conducted our 26th rural facility assessment at the Abawuram Health Center. We agreed that this was definitely one of our favorite days in Ethiopia, not only because we got to see the lush countryside, but because it brought to life in a fresh way many of the challenges the health center faces […]Read more "A Message from the Abawuram Health Center"
When I first saw the list, I knew it would be an adventure. Thirty health centers had been randomly selected from within the North Gondar area. Some were easy to travel to, some were impossibly remote, but they all needed to be visited in person. Some seemed to exist only on the list itself, as […]Read more "Going the Distance"
For the past few weeks I have been working on a side project unrelated to the FLAME study. I am gathering information on breastfeeding knowledge and practices in Ethiopia, specifically the intersection between breastfeeding and religious fasting. To gather this knowledge, I am interviewing priests and midwives in the North Gondar Zone. This week I […]Read more "Priest Interviews: Breastfeeding and Fasting"
A few weeks ago, a group of seven SCOPE board members and supporters made the exhausting, two-day journey from Seattle to Gondar, to see where SCOPE has been working and to plan for the future. Hearing their first impressions and seeing their curiosity and wonder at meeting local health outreach and religious workers reminded me […]Read more "Seeing SCOPE Through New Eyes"
I had the distinct pleasure of joining a group of SCOPE board members and supporters in Lalibela for the weekend. Both the company and the location were wonderful. The Company A group of 7 Seattle-based SCOPE board members and supporters visited Ethiopia for about 1.5 weeks. They spent the bulk of their time in […]Read more "Lalibela"
We visited six more rural health centers this week, assessing their capacity to provide maternity care and their ability to absorb more patients. The staff at these remote health centers always seem happy to have visitors, and are eager to chat and show us around. Here are some highlights from our visits this week. Elizabeth […]Read more "On the Road Again"