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Lessons in Maternal Mortality

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Blog Post written by 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey participant, Madeleine Shaw Midwifery has always struck me as more of a vocation or calling than a career choice. I have never heard of anyone "falling into" it, for example, and the midwives I have had the good fortune to meet have been without exception models of competence, compassion and gravitas: one does not take such women lightly. As part of our time spent with Shanti Uganda, on their 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey, we were briefed on the current state of this issue by Sister Mary, the birth clinic's Head Midwife....

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Luweero AIDS Day

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Written by Jessica Leigbolt, Shanti Uganda Volunteer Life has been wonderfully busy here at Shanti since I arrived for my volunteer placement 2 weeks ago. Last week we helped facilitate a Teen girls Health and Wellness Workshops in the neighboring village of Katakamu. This was Shanti’s first outreach Teen girls Workshop and the turnout was fantastic! Twenty four girls between the ages of 14 to 17 attended the workshop where we covered topics on sexual health, menstruation, STI’s, HIV/AIDS, healthy relationships and openly answered a number of thought provoking questions. We also taught the girls how to make re-usable menstrual...

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Annual Safe Motherhood Day - Luweero

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*Blog post by Shanti Uganda volunteer Lauren of her experiences in Uganda*                         Safe Motherhood Uganda is a yearly event put on by the Ugandan Ministry of Health, along with dozens of other NGO, governmental, and local organizations all dedicated to health and wellness that somehow intersects maternal healthcare. This year it was held in Luweero district, and in fact, the events were held in the futball field around the corner from the Shanti Uganda volunteer house! A collaboration of folks from around Uganda began preparing the previous through a series of meetings and...

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Village Outreach - Katuugo

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*The following blog is a post by Shanti Uganda volunteer Lauren and her experiences in Uganda* Village Outreach- Katuugo              The ride on the boda (motorcycle) lasted nearly 20 minutes. I wanted it to never end. Through fields of coffee and maize, roads and hills I have never dreamt, homes of brick and stick and mud, dozens of school children scrambling through football yards and too big bicycles- we roamed. Not entirely sure what to expect, and somewhat unaware of where we were going, we arrived in Katuugo, greeted by the warm face of a man I had...

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Volunteer Tales - Learning Luganda with Lauren

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I sit for a moment to reflect on the changes that have occurred in my life over the past two weeks. It is incredible how quickly the time has passed. I have been waiting for my volunteer position in Uganda for months now, and now that I am here, I am able to fully appreciate everything I have been anticipating and learning about Shanti Uganda, as well as Uganda itself. I am incredibly blessed to be working and living in such a beautiful atmosphere. I am learning more than I could even begin to express, and am truly grateful to...

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