Monday, July 24, 2017

Sadly it's time to leave this beautiful place

Dr. Padua lab. ( from left to right ) Dr Padua, me, ana, John

Bird park in foz do iguaçu 

 Three bborders landmark
Argentina falls with the beautiful girls


Torre panorâmica, Curitiba 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Brazil Summer 2017..DONE!

I only have a couple more days left in Florianopolis, Brazil.. my, has time flown by! I can honestly say, this has been an amazing summer! I explored a lot, learned a lot, and smiled a lot! I'm so grateful for this experience, a big thank you to the MHIRT program and the NIH!

I enjoyed trying all the popular Brazilian food dishes, such as pastels.

Joaquina Beach, closest beach to our home. 

Working in the lab!

"It's always hot in Brazil" Haha, think again. It does get cold here, but majority of the summer has been nice and warm! Future MHIRT participants: don't forget your coat and maybe some boots when traveling to this city! (:

--- Winter B. 
Spelman College
Biology major
Class of 2018

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Matooke Fields Forever

Hello from Uganda! Our MHIRT team has been keeping busy the past few weeks, and we have finally wrapped up our HPV and cervical cancer research for the summer. We have talked to 118 healthcare workers and community members, both through individual interviews and in group interview settings. While we may be done with field work, the next week here in Ishaka will be spent analyzing our data and getting started on the research paper. Though we are still synthesizing our data, there have been some common themes that have been repeated throughout the summer. For example, among healthcare workers, there is great discrepancy in their knowledge about the appropriate age for HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screenings. Additionally, there is also a lack of knowledge about the cervical cancer screening process among community members. On multiple occasions, we have spoken to community members that have mentioned incorrect beliefs about the screening process. In the US and other developed nations, Pap smears are the most common way to get screened for cervical cancer. However, in Uganda, like other developing countries, VIA screening (visual inspection with acetic acid) is the gold standard. This is because the results of the screening can be relayed to the patient just one minute after acetic acid is applied to the cervix, compared to Pap smears which require advanced and expensive laboratory services. Some women believe that in order to get a VIA screening, the uterus must be removed from your body. They think that the acetic acid will be applied to the uterus and any changes will be noted, then the uterus will be re-inserted. The fear that results from this incorrect understanding of the cervical cancer screening process is one factor that prevents women from getting screened. This in turn may contribute to women reporting to health centers when their cervical cancer is already late stage.  

Outside of field work, we’ve also had the chance to travel quite a bit. This summer we have been on safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park, toured Kampala, and most recently visited Kigali, Rwanda. In Rwanda we had the opportunity to learn about the 1994 genocide and its lasting effects when we visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial. 

It’s hard to believe we have less than 10 days in Uganda. I’ve made some great friends in this country (many of them pictured in the photos attached to this post), and it’s going to be difficult saying goodbye next week!

Daryl, Moreen (our friend and the caretaker of the guesthouse), Me, Hermon, Kinnon and Dixon 

One of my favorite photos with our translator and good friend, Sam! 

Our research team in Kigali, Rwanda 

Spending the day with co-workers and friends, Anthony and Susan in Nyakashebeya. His family grows the most delicious pineapple I've ever eaten! 

Outside the home of an IHP Chairwoman who arranged a focus group for our team in Kizinda   

Thursday, July 20, 2017

La Hermosa Cultura de Nicaragua-The Beautiful Culture of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is well known for it's amazing volcanoes. Here, my friend Danielle and I went to go see Masaya's active volcano! We are only allowed to be there for about 10 minutes because the volcano can erupt at any time! 

We were currently at Lago de Apoyo eating a traditional plate (except for the pancakes). For breakfast, Nicaraguans will most likely eat scrambled eggs, gallo pinto (mixed rice and beans), fruit, and a fresco (natural fruit water). It is so delicious!

Las weekend we went to San Juan del Sur which is a beach city and we tried learning how to surf! 
P.s. Reapply sunblock every 30 minutes.

At Laguna de Apoyo we kayaked! Also, don't forget the sunblock. 

Here is some work we have been working on this past week. As a chronic disease intern, we will be conducting a nutrition fair for the community in Nejapa, Nicaragua. There will be lots of nutrition activities to raise awareness about excessive sugar consumption and good health overall. The fair is happening next week on the July 27th and I am so excited!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Thousand Words Is Not Enough.

Just me and my choco-caramel waffle. Can't you tell I enjoyed?

Entering the "Land of Thousand Hills" (Rwanda)

By far one of my most personal experiences in East Africa.

Chilling with the Samosa Man.

The sunset view exclusive to our home on the hill.