It’s hard to believe my time in Ethiopia has come to an end – time really does fly! I am currently sitting at my gate in Addis Ababa airport waiting to board my 20-hour flight to Los Angeles. I have a mixture of emotions leaving Ethiopia – I’m sad to say goodbye to this beautiful […]Read more "Thoughts from the Plane, Part II"
Qualitative Research Preparation This is my final workweek in Ethiopia and I would like to share with you our progress on qualitative data collection for the FLAME study. As many of you know, the FLAME intervention will pair priests with health workers and train them to conduct community outreach to encourage pregnant women to receive […]Read more "FLAME Qualitative Data Collection"
As you know, ful is one my favorite Ethiopian dishes – a delicious mixture of cooked fava beans, accompanied with a side of onions, tomatoes, garlic, and jalapenos. Ful is a breakfast dish and for nearly 4 months, I struggled to find a shop that would serve ful past mid-morning. However, about two months ago, […]Read more "Our Ful Family"
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"
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"
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"
Our dear friend and colleague, Adino, is off to America! He has been accepted to an intensive two-week Implementation Science course at the University of Washington in Seattle. The course will cover methods of improving global health implementation, including applied engineering, management tools, health systems, and policy research. We are excited for the skills and […]Read more "Adino in America!"