We have officially ended our fieldwork in Iganga. As a tribute to the hardworking individuals who helped make it possible, we have put together this special “behind the scenes” feature. On our last fieldwork day in Iganga, we returned to the village of Nakalama to speak with more fathers and gain insight into where families … Continue reading Iganga: Behind the Scenes
Yet another exhilarating weekend! On Saturday, we packed into a “tourist van” with some of our amazing Ugandan collaborators (Justine, Paul Junior, Paul Senior, and Lydia) and ventured to Sipi Falls in north eastern Uganda. We hiked through beautiful rain forests and farmland and saw lots of cows, goats, and plants (including loquat, avocado, banana, … Continue reading Abseiling Into Our Last Week
Over the last three days we have continued conducting interviews with moms from various villages in Iganga. Wherever we go children greet us with big smiles and waves. They shout out “muzungu” (foreigners) as soon as they see us and more children come running. Within no time there is a small army assembled around us … Continue reading Fieldwork Wrap Up
Our time with Dr. Acharya has sadly come to an end. After a week of accompanying us on field visits, participating in our prototyping sessions and facilitating key stakeholder meetings, Dr. Acharya boarded a plane back to the United States. He provided us with many useful insights and ideas that we incorporated into our work … Continue reading Time in the (Sugar Cane) Field
What a great weekend it was! On Friday, we went to a clinic in a rural village in Iganga. We performed interviews and device testing with mothers and midwifes. On Saturday, we took a break from work and went whitewater rafting on the Nile River! As it always goes in CBID, it was a “working … Continue reading A Working Raft
We started fieldwork in Iganga! The day began at Iganga District Hospital where we had the opportunity to speak with midwives and learn about the antenatal care mothers receive. Then we met with VHTs (Village Health Teams) and discussed their role in the mothers care. We also met with focus groups of mothers and did … Continue reading Work all day, work all night
Yesterday we experienced first hand how it’s possible to accomplish a lot in a little time while in Uganda. In the morning, Ryan and Sneha adventured for prototyping supplies at the mall, while Grace and Hannah frequented the paper services shop at Makerere University, and Kaveri and Brielle worked on our interview guides back at … Continue reading Jinja Road
Dr. Acharya accompanied the team as we presented Nemo to a Public Relations representative at the US Embassy today! The meeting was productive and resulted in a potential follow-up meeting with members of USAID. We look forward to opportunities to collaborate with the organization on implementation of Nemo. To wrap up the day, we had … Continue reading Embassy Visit!
First day of work in Uganda! After a short 2.5 hours in traffic, we shadowed some nurses in the neonatal ICU. We also had the opportunity to visit a design hub and learn about some interesting startup companies. We finished the day with some Indian-Ugandan food, and Dr. Acharya taught Ryan how to properly eat … Continue reading First Work Day!
We had a great day yesterday in Kampala! The weather and scenic views at Ndere cultural centre were beautiful while we caught up on work. We had some fun learning the card game Dutch Blitz, but the real fun happened at night. We went to a show featuring many types of Ugandan dance and song … Continue reading Much to Learn