Iyabo Adekunle-olarinde is a 3rd year medical student doing her intercalated BSc with Soapbox and the University of Aberdeen. Iyabo is currently collecting data for her project in Ethiopia and sent us an update on her time there…
The aim of my project is to estimate the volume of water needed for hand hygiene during labour and delivery in low-income countries. For this, I’m currently based on the Labour Ward of Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Despite the constant buzz, everything in Bahir Dar appears to go at its own pace. The smell of traditional Ethiopian coffee is everywhere. Rural and city life are constantly thrown together. The sun and smiles makes stress seem like a distant memory.
The hospital is just as interesting as the rest of the city. I’ve been here two weeks and have seen a monkey and sheep around! The thing I’ve enjoyed the most so far is how everyone makes you feel like part of the family. Whether it’s eating injera (the local staple) or seeing an interesting case, you’re always made to feel welcome. I’m looking forward to the time I have left and learning more about the people and hospital I’ve been privileged to see.
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