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Lab Week   (published in Ghana)

June 10, 2013 by  

Aside from Monday my week in the lab was uneventful, and even that would be putting it mildly. We had so many patients on Monday that no one did any paperwork, so from 8 to 2 on Tuesday Bob, one of the Ghanaians I met in haematology, and I filled out patient charts. Then, when I showed up on Wednesday I started off with paperwork for about two hours, and then one of the chemists handed me a textbook on lab practice in tropical countries and told me to start reading. I will admit that it was an interesting read, but I can read textbooks at home, so I was a bit frustrated. Needless to say, next week I am switching to the Surgical Ward. Then I think I am going to follow that up with the operation theater.

I was leaving work last Monday when I passed by a shop that carried Jam made from the Cashew Fruit (apparently the same source as the nuts). I have been trying to find Jam here for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since I got here so I picked up a jar to try. The next day when I was leaving work the shop owner called me in and told me that I had given him an extra dollar by accident and gave it back to me. This, I think, is a very good example of the character of the people here. Similarly, on Wednesday I was trying to prepare for our trip to Mole and I had a long list of errands to run after work. Of course it was pouring outside so Kelsey and I trekked through the market soaking wet. There must have been five different occasions when one of the women selling goods in the market tried to pull us under an umbrella to get us out of the rain, clicking their tongues at us scornfully as if to say we should know better. “You can wait here for it to stop,” they would say. We would politely decline, mostly because we were on an agenda, but also because the ...

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Lab Week
Lab Week

Preparation for Tanzania   (published in Tanzania)

June 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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I leave for Tanzania in a month and ten days. My anticipation is building day by day, I truly do not know what to expect. All my life I've always wondered what Africa is like; from the expectations of the Lion King to the pictures of KONY 2012, I have been both mentally and physically preparing for this trip. I received all of my vaccines in the past week, and my body is slowly adjusting, the typhoid and yellow fever shots are really acting up in my system! But my mission for this trip is much bigger than the uncomfortable suffering I'm going through, therefore I will tough it out! 

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Preparation for Tanzania
Preparation for Tanzania

Article du volontaire Hideki, un japonais qui a fait le projet journalisme au Togo   (published in Togo)

June 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)


 J’ai fait un stage chez NANA FM qui est la station de radio la plus populaire à Lomé.Le reportage et le montage de sons qu'on enregistre ont été mes activités principales.Pendant la période de mon stage là-bas,j'ai visité de différents endroits pour le reportage en l’occurrence la foire internationale,le village d'Afagnan, la prison civile etc... Après le reportage, nous passons au montage qui constitue un point important en vue de pouvoir satisfaire l’auditoire.Ce n'est pas facile de monter les sons car il faut d’abord comprendre l’interview faite en français.Donc je les ai écouté plusieurs fois pour bien saisir ce qu'ils disent.

 Parmi les reportages, celui de la prison m'a beaucoup impressioné à cause de la saleté,la vétusté de l’ équipement et la violence à intérieur ... c'est pas un endroit où l'on doit habiter.Aussi des gardiens maltraitent des prisoniers comme s'ils jetaient des ordures à la poubelle.j'ai senti qu'il n'y a plus du droit de l'homme et d'espoir. Dans cette situation de désolation, une pancarte qu'un prisonier brandit m'a beaucoup touché. Voici ce qui est écrit la- dessus :"Après la prison, la vie continue." Oui, c’est vrai qu’ ils sont coupables, mais en même temps sont des hommes tout comme nous qui ont leur droit.Que pensez-vous de cela?J'ai trouvé non seulement un aspect positif,mais aussi négatif au Togo.

A la fin,le journalisme est le meilleur moyen pour connaitre réellement un pays.C'était une bonne expérience!

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Article du volontaire Hideki, un japonais qui a fait le projet journalisme au Togo
Article du volontaire Hideki, un japonais qui a fait le projet journalisme au Togo

Experience of one of our medical project volunteers call Guenna Fobes at Régina Pacis   (published in Togo)

June 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

I joined the Projects-Abroad Togo team from Britain 5 weeks age and cannot believe how quickly the time has passed! I choose Togo because I wanted to improve my French and was really interesting in tasting the West African culture during my gap year.

As I will be starting medical school in September, I decided to do a medical project here and have been working at hospital Regina Pacis. It’s a very small catholic hospital that mostly receives patient from the local area.

Although there is not the rush and excitement of a larger hospital, the fact that the staff have time for you makes it an ideal place to learn. It is really great if you are like me and have no medical experience and rusty French, and it is still a lot more hands on than a European hospital.

Each day begins with prayers at 7.15 am and then we go on rounds. This is a time for catching up on what happened during the night shift and there are normally a few newborns to be examined! After a staff meeting, where any questions or queries are discussed, everyone goes to their prospective service. 

I have been rotating through different services in the hospital. I spent my first two weeks in patient care, taking blood pressure, weight, temperature and occasionally getting see a minor surgical proce dure such as a circumcision or …………. Then I moved to maternity where you sit in on consultations, help with baby vaccinations on a Wednesday morning and of course assist births.

I work 5 hours every morning but I also get to do a few night shifts which are always interesting! As for tasting the culture, it is not hard too! I think I will miss the food most and of course the limitless generosity of the Togolese people.

I would recommend it to anyone!

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Experience of one of our medical project volunteers call Guenna Fobes at Régina Pacis
Experience of one of our medical project volunteers call Guenna Fobes at Régina Pacis

Human Rights Garden Party Fundraiser   (published in Tanzania)

June 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Volunteers from the Human Rights Project in conjunction with Projects Abroad hosted a Garden Party Fundraiser on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

The fundraising idea was presented to the volunteers by Eliasante, project supervisor for Inherit Your Rights, an Arusha based NGO and project partner that helps Maasai Widows understand their legal rights and provides resources for the women to become financially independent.

Eliasante, who grew up in the Maasai villages near Loiborsiret and Loiborsoret about 4 hours from Arusha, was aware that the village is currently experiencing a drought and as a result, the residents were in need of food and water. The volunteers responded by planning a Garden Party in which the proceeds would be given to the villages.

Entry to the Garden Party cost 20,000 Tanzanian Shillings and included a lasagne dinner with dessert, fresh squeezed lemon juice and a side of pumpkin soup and carrot/mango salad. About 30 volunteers from other projects along with Projects Abroad staff came to the fundraiser which garnered a total of 630,000tsh plus an additional 78,000tsh from the raffle drawing. There was also a table with greeting cards and jewelry for sale which was made by the Maasai women from the Kiyoga village.

The Garden Party was a wonderful opportunity for the volunteers to social with each other for a good cause. The evening ended with plenty of laughs and dancing.

The money was used to purchase 1,760 kilograms of maize (corn), and was distributed the following Thursday and Friday.

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Human Rights Garden Party Fundraiser
Human Rights Garden Party Fundraiser

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