Community Immersion

Over the past several days, we have been working on our evaluation project and have been interviewing leaders in the community and hospital about the vision they have for improving maternal care.

We have finished our interviews and are now compiling our data.

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Over the weekend we had the chance to go to beach! Quite a few of us got some pretty bad sunburns 🙁 but the beach was absolutely beautiful!

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On Monday after we got back from the beach, we had the opportunity to accompany community leaders on home visits. During these home visits, we were able to observe the living situations of those living in the city and see some of the health problems within the communities. We talked with the patients about their health and answered some of their questions. One visit in particular that stuck out to me was a visit with a 23 year old lady that was 4 months pregnant with her first child. Her baby hadn’t moved for over a day and when we started to talk to her, she told us that she fasts 4 days a week including fasting from water. We talked to her for about 40 minutes to emphasize the necessity of food and water for her baby. These visits enabled us to think on our feet, especially how to address these health problems in low resource areas.

 

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