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11 Things I Learned Volunteering in Uganda

Lessons I learned volunteering in Uganda as a nurse in a refugee camp.

I recently wrapped up a month volunteering in Uganda as a nurse in a refugee camp. As always, I returned home feeling like I learned just as much as I taught (which, in my opinion, is one mark of a successful service trip). Here are just a few of the many lessons Uganda taught me:   1. Ugandans are extremely welcoming people. Everywhere I went, I was met with wide smiles and friendly greetings. I can’t say I was surprised, since I’ve had…

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One of the nurses of Uganda working in a refugee camp
Humanitarian Travel Uganda

Local Faces: The Nurses of Uganda

  The Pagirinya Health Center in Adjumani, Uganda where I’m currently volunteering is busy. The small center (more like a clinic by American standards) serves 30,000 people, most of them refugees fleeing violence and famine in South Sudan. The clinic’s resources are limited but…

Emily at Ebola clinician training in Sierra Leone
Ebola Humanitarian Travel

A Day in an Ebola Treatment Unit

As a nurse, I am fortunate to be able to lend a hand in neglected areas of the world. In February 2015, I deployed to Sierra Leone to help battle West Africa’s unprecedented Ebola outbreak. This post was written on my first day caring for…

Ebola Humanitarian Travel

Filling in the Blanks

Written April 22, 2015 My colleague who was infected has tested negative for Ebola and been discharged from the National Institutes of Health. The 16 Americans being monitored as “high risk” contacts have all passed 21 healthy days. My cohort – the clinicians with…

Ebola Humanitarian Travel

Home and Healthy

Written March 23, 2015 As some of you already know, I arrived home in Seattle a few days ago. It is a bit earlier than I was planning on leaving Sierra Leone, which is deeply disappointing to me. Since one of our Partners in…

Ebola Humanitarian Travel

Update/Everything Changes

Written March 16, 2015 I apologize for my silence over the last several days. I’m sure most of you have seen in the news that a Partners in Health clinician was infected with Ebola. I have been reeling from the news since it was…

Ebola Humanitarian Travel

Aminata and Baby Boy

Written March 6, 2015 On the day Abass died, I was on my way back to Freetown where I have been assigned to work at the holding center for pregnant women for the rest of my time here. Let me explain what that means:…

Ebola Humanitarian Travel

Abass’s Smile

Written March 2, 2015 I arrived for my evening shift at Maforki on Monday anxious to hear how my patients had fared since I’d last seen them 24 hours before. I expected (and part of me hoped) to hear that Foday had passed away…

training in mock Ebola Treatment Unit
Ebola Humanitarian Travel

Trained and Ready

Written February 27, 2015 Those of you who know me know that I’m always freezing; in the middle of the summer you’ll still likely find me curled up by the fireplace. So maybe I have the ideal constitution for working in an Ebola Treatment…