Lessons Learned

  Well, the week is over and we’re headed back north to the cold and snow. Back to our bubble that is Ann Arbor and to learn more about the research and public health skills necessary to do the work we accomplished this week. I am so thankful, proud, and happy to have spent my…

Omukazi Namagara

My work this week has been in the community, meeting women, health workers, and Village Health Team members to learn about barriers to emergency obstetric care for the residents of this small, rural corner of the country. We have been talking a lot about obstetric fistula, which is a problem estimated to affect only 2%…

These Aren’t Butterflies

Photo: Catching mosquitoes with butterfly nets is easier than you’d think. Shake out the curtains, set a mosquito flying, and swing the net around a few times. Then check the net to see if your hunt was successful. This morning as I walked through campus at Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) in Hatyai, Thailand, I…

Preparing For Island Living

Having been encased in a polar vortex for the past few months, it’s hard not to be in a constant state of daydreaming about our upcoming spring break trip to Grenada. My daily check of the weather on the island shows a temperature never dropping below 75 degrees. I currently have the two most essential…