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Travels with Marwan: Return to Uganda, Part 2

Travels with Marwan: Return to Uganda, Part 2

Week 2: Days 1-3 It is incredible how incapacitating it is when there is no access to internet. I will confess that I am of the generation that grew up and went through college without internet. And I honestly do not remember how that worked. It obviously did but being without it today disconnects you from family, friends, colleagues, society, work; in a word, from the world. I have been able to speak to my children only a handful of…

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Travels With Marwan: Back in Uganda

Travels With Marwan: Back in Uganda

Week One: Arrival As I sat at the gate in Dubai waiting to board the plane heading to Entebbe, I was struck by the stark difference between this terminal and the one I had just passed through given both are part of the same United Arab Emirates airport renowned for its extravagances. I am on my way to Uganda for the 6-month follow up visit with the HRSA-PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief) Skills Sharing Project. HRSA-PEPFAR is pairing…

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Trans Wellness Conference

Trans Wellness Conference

Members of our Center for Key Populations – Stephanie Farrell, Doug Janssen, and clients/patients of CHC – traveled together to the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference last week. This is the largest free trans-specific conference in the world, and it emphasizes including clients and patients in conference participation and advocacy. Stephanie, who is a Nurse Care Coordinator, wrote about her experiences at the conference – and how it helped to change her perspective. Day 1 Road trip time for a few…

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Travels with Marwan: End of Week 2

Travels with Marwan: End of Week 2

Nebbi, Kampala With the last of the healt h center site visits behind us, our time in Uganda seemed to suddenly speed towards the end. On Wednesday, we arose at the usual time in the morning, ate some breakfast, and checked out of the hotel, all our bags placed in the van much as they were piled in on our journey here to Arua. This time we were heading back to Kampala. First, we had two more meetings in Nebbi….

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Travels with Marwan: Week 2, Day 1-2

Travels with Marwan: Week 2, Day 1-2

Arua, Goli, Angal St. Luke After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the work continued. We finished up the written daily debriefs of last week’s site visits and discussed and deliberated as a team what recommendations we were going to make moving forward. Then, Monday arrived and with it, the first of the last two site visits in the field: Goli. Goli Health Center is a Protestant-based, private health center serving a large catchment area right at the border of the…

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