This blog is a product of the Minority Health International Research Training Program through Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. Students in this program participate in a 10 week international health research training at one of our sites in Brazil, Uganda, Nicaragua, Trinidad, or Thailand. This blog is for these students to share their experiences through our program.
Monday, July 18, 2016
A Much Needed Break
The nature of our research is exhausting. Both
the process of data collection and the substance of those data we obtain can,
over time, leave a physical and emotional toll. Our trips to the field require
long drives along dirt roads peppered with bumps and ditches. The in-depth
interviews are long and conducted under the unrelenting Ugandan sun. And the
stories people share - their experiences during the war, the lingering
suffering felt in the community, and the sense of abandonment so prevalent -
are impossible to hear without feeling at least part of their pain. So last
weekend we took a welcome trip to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest
one in Uganda.
park's namesake is a beautiful waterfall formed by the Nile bursting through the
rocks of a cliff face just east of Lake Albert. The beauty of the falls is only
rivaled by the diverse wildlife found in the enormous reserve surrounding the
river. Below are a few of the scenes from our brief and much needed retreat.