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Jo’s Nurses work in Chocola, Guatemala

2015 Jo’s Nurses with Refuge International Chocola is a remote village in the mountainous southwestern region of Guatemala where there is no government assistance in education, health or roads.  Sadly because of the country’s political climate there is no help for the indigenous people.  They’re abandoned. Dr. Sergio Castillo and his wife

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Update on Emily Scott’s experience in Sierra Leone

Filling In The Blanks My colleague who was infected has tested negative for Ebola and been discharged from the National Institutes of Health. The 16 Americans being monitored as “high risk” contacts have all passed 21 healthy days. My cohort – the clinicians with whom I trained, traveled, and worked

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Switching gears.

Hi All, we’re back in Tegus to regroup for a day – head out on the road again  morning early.  This past couple weeks we’ve been wandering the north/Caribbean coast of Honduras, visiting hospitals and public health clinics, Garifuna communities, other NGOs and people living with HIV.  It’s been fascinating, exhausting and

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Dora the Explorer Returns to Honduras!

Hi All,  I’m in the midst of a 2 month mission with MSF/Doctors Without Borders to explore the health situation all over Honduras.  With my partner Edgardo (who I met in Uganda in 2006!) and a driver, we’re visiting all of the hospitals in the country, some smaller health centers, community

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Save the Date: Saturday May 30!

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Emily Scott Transitioning to home life has been a bit strange. In my heart, I wasn’t ready to leave Sierra Leone. I wish I could still be there doing good work, falling exhausted into bed each night and looking forward to helping my patients again the next

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Home and Healthy

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Emily Scott As some of you already know, I arrived home in Seattle a few days ago. It is a bit earlier than I was planning on leaving Sierra Leone, which is deeply disappointing to me. Since one of our PIH colleagues tested positive for Ebola, I’ve

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Update

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Emily Scott I apologize for my silence over the last several days. I’m sure most of you have seen in the news that a PIH clinician was infected with Ebola. I have been reeling from the news since it was announced, and struggling with how to continue

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Aminata and Baby Boy

by Emily Scott Written Friday March 6 On the day Abass died, I was on my way back to Freetown where I have been assigned to work at the holding center for pregnant women for the rest of my time here. Let me explain what that means: With limited resources, it

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Abass’s Smile

 by Emily Scott I arrived for my evening shift at Maforki on Monday anxious to hear how my patients had fared since I’d last seen them 24 hours before. I expected (and part of me hoped) to hear that Foday had passed away and was no longer suffering. No one I

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Foday and Abass

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Emily Scott Written Sunday 3/1 The only word I have been able to find to describe this experience so far is surreal. Today it became real for me. Today was our first day actually treating patients in Maforki, PIH’s Ebola Treatment Unit. Yesterday we set foot there

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