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"
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!"
This morning, the SCOPE team hit the road! A team of data collectors from the University of Gondar joined Sheldon and me as we set out to visit and assess health centers in the rural areas near Gondar. The FLAME study, which is the research arm of SCOPE, is visiting 30 health centers to assess […]Read more "A Window Into Rural Maternity Care"