Mother’s day: Tears and gratitude

By Emilie Salomons Dr. TCM, FABORM Tonight I attended a screening of a documentary film called ‘Sister’, hosted by Shanti Uganda, and then moderated a panel on preventable maternal and infant mortality. The film ‘Sister’ tells the story of health workers from Ethiopia, Cambodia and Haiti, exploring how they find meaning while working under difficult circumstances and […]

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Contemporary Uganda

by Rebecca Bell, Assistant Project Coordinator Contemporary Uganda is a globalizing Uganda. It is a place where you can get traditionally made matooke or a cheese pizza at the local restaurant, Stoneys ginger soda or Coke zero, or see a Hollywood or Bollywood movie at the cinema (and get your Nollywood fix on television). Even […]

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Chai with Shanti’s Women

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern When working on development projects in countries like Uganda, I am constantly amazed by the assortment of people I meet from around the world with interesting stories and backgrounds. Meet Teopista, Jesca and Racheal – three women from the income generating group. Under the […]

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Everyday Living

by Madelaine Thiel, Development and Partnerships intern I am well into my internship at Shanti Uganda and I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by.  Ugandan time is “loose” at best and one loses track of time as the heat stretches out the hours.  Then the sun sets and before you know it, […]

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Chai with Sarah

by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern.   Laboratory Medicine is one of the most common – if not the most common modality used for the diagnoses of patients entering a health care facility. Even in resource stricken regions around the globe, a rudimentary medical laboratory often exist to detect common diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, […]

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Mother Centred Care & Health: Shanti at Save The Mothers

by Rebecca Bell, Assitant project coordinator Shanti is incredibly fortunate to have some wonderful people both interning and working for us here in Luwero. Yesterday, a few of us were lucky enough to see these colleagues being recognized for their hard work through another organization, Save the Mothers. Save the Mothers has its Canadian headquarters […]

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Motherhood

It has been a busy first three weeks here at Shanti. Amidst the unavoidable culture shock, name learning and sunburns, there is work to be done. The other interns here are phenomenal: inspiring, committed and hard working. We discuss the challenges we face, laugh over the staff’s antics, and share nightly pineapples (Luwero must have […]

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Chai with Madelaine

      by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern.   When working on development projects in countries like Uganda, I am constantly amazed by the assortment of people I meet from around the world with interesting stories and backgrounds. One of the best ways to learn about where they came from, why they’re here […]

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Chai with Flora

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern. Under the cool shade of a Gasiya  tree at Shanti, long time employee Florence Nagawa and I sit down to talk about her life and her experience working here at the birth house in Kasana. Flora was born in the Kiboga district of Kasaga […]

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Chai with Opio

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern One of the steadfast leaders at Shanti is Opio Job Odumo, an unassuming 28 year old man and single father of 3, who guards the birthing center every night between 6:00pm and 7:00am.  Opio and I rarely had opportunity to get to know one […]

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Chai with Rebecca

        by Dena Thomas, M&E Intern Development work, especially when addressing maternal and newborn health infrastructure in Uganda, often has challenges and setbacks that can bring even the most optimistic person down. The saying “2 steps forward, 1 step back” is common language. That’s why it’s imperative to have someone like Rebecca […]

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An Introduction to Uganda

Written by Emma Young, Volunteer Midwife Stepping off the plane in Entebbe, sweaty and not appropriately dressed for the heat having left a cold British winter, I am greeted by a smiling Hanne and Ben. I have absolutely no expectations for this trip and am happy to keep an open mind about everything I see […]

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