My name is Hannah Lancaster and I’m super excited to be in Uganda in just a few days. This will be an entirely new experience for me, having never traveled outside the U.S. before. One of the many reasons I decided to go on this trip was because it fits very well with my career goals (also it just sounded like a really amazing couple of weeks). I’m planning to go into the healthcare field and ideally would like to work with an international non-profit in the future. Needless to say, I’m very excited for what this experience has to offer.
While there, I am planning to present information to mothers on ways to keep their newborns healthy. My presentation will be focused around post-delivery health care practices in hopes of ultimately reducing infant mortality especially in rural Uganda. The practices I’m focusing on are umbilical cord care and skin-to-skin care (STS). These are two major practices that many mothers do not have a lot of information on. I may also touch briefly on the nutritional benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the possible risks of transmitting HIV/AIDS while breastfeeding.
I’m so excited to meet the MUBS students. It will be so interesting getting to know people who have had such different experiences from my own. Half-way across the world seems pretty far but I’m sure we actually have a lot in common with one another.
Can’t wait to meet everyone, see you all next week!