A brave widow

I went out on another antenatal outreach clinic yesterday. I was interviewing a lovely pregnant woman called Anna who is expecting her 7th child. I asked her who she lived with and she said her husband “but he is gone”. At first I thought he had gone to find work somewhere but she actually meant…

Mud and rain

It has been quite a week, during which I became a seasoned driver in Uganda. I set out on Wednesday afternoon wondering quite what I was doing driving the hospital Landcruiser to Ishaka to see my son Calum and his wife Emily who are research associates at the university there. All went well down the…

A squashed journey and a clinic

I don’t know what the Guiness Book of Records has to say about how many people can fit into a Landrover which then hurtles down dirt roads alongside huge cliffs but I think the Kisiizi outreach clinic crew must come pretty close to setting a new record. There were 18 of us today crammed in.…

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Mothers’ Waiting Home opens

Last Friday an opening ceremony was held for the new Mothers’ Waiting Home at Kisiizi. Moses, the hospital administrator was the master of ceremonies and speeches were made by the Rev Patrick, the hospital chaplain, Sister Sandra and Dr Francis Banya, representing the maternity department, Alan and Helen Smith, on behalf of Kisiizi Partners and…

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Boozy the goat

Today was marked by a very auspicious event, we became the owners of a goat! Culturally this is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a person, so it was very special indeed. Boozy was given to us by the mother of a child who we met two years ago in very…

Confessions of a rookie qualitative researcher

Friday marked the start of my new career as a qualitative researcher, collecting data for my Master’s dissertation. Many challenges to be overcome, not least the added issue of needing to use a translator whilst attempting to overcome the natural shyness and reticence of the Bakiga women. However you can’t help but fall head over…

A new day …

We are experimenting with running a blog on this website. Helen Smith will be writing occasional entries while she is in Kisiizi. Here is the first offering. Sitting listening to the dawn chorus as I write I can’t help wondering how the new day feels for some of our patients. Each day comes with a…

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Surviving on a shoestring

  Guderia was deserted by her husband last year. Left to fend for her five children without even a house to live in, she was given a tiny patch of land. The plot is too small to grow enough food to sustain the family but she was able to build a little mud hut to…