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Dateline: March 2012
Location: Kipkaren, rural Western Kenya

Thapana “Pipe” Chairoj (left) and David Hilliard (right) at the entrance of the Chebaiywa Health Center

We have arrived in Chebaiywa!

Last week, the clinical staff of Chebaiywa Health Center welcomed us as we began our GHD project.   The staff greeted us with a beautiful song and introductions.  The warm welcome kicked off an experience that has been truly amazing.

On our first day, Michelle, our host and nurse practitioner at the health center, gave us a tour of the village.  Chebaiywa is an iconic example of a small, peaceful, agriculture-based village along a quiet river.  As we walked through the village, locals came up to greet us and introduce themselves.  The children joined by waving and smiling as they passed by.  We are both so grateful to be working in such a beautiful place and be meeting these extremely hospitable and genuine Kenyans.

After our welcome day, we began our project at the clinic.  Each morning, we have breakfast at 8AM at the ELI Training Center (which will be our comfortable home for our whole 9-day stay in Chebaiywa), and then walk to the clinic.  The 10-minute walk along the river gives us a chance every day to appreciate the beautiful village and meet more locals.

At the clinic, we observe the flow of patients and information at the clinic in the morning and then interview staff members in the afternoon.  The clinical staff hopes to implement a medical record system through OpenMRS so our project is focusing on the feasibility of OpenMRS implementation and the future strategy of the health center.  Through these observations and interviews over the last week, we have generated value chain diagrams of the clinic’s processes.  This is a view that the clinic has never had before and allows us to determine the effects of an electronic medical record system on the clinic’s processes and strategy.

Working with the staff and learning about Kenyan culture, as well as the healthcare problems here, has been an amazing experience for us both.  As we eat Kenyan meals sourced from the villages livestock and farmlands, we find ourselves reflecting on all that we have learned about this wonderful country!




Notes from the classroom: A look ahead at my upcoming ghdLAB trip to Mozambique

March 22, 2012

Dateline: mid-March 2012 Location: MIT Sloan By: Deborah Hsieh Hola! The days are counting down until we arrive in Mozambique! Where do I fit if I care about global health, but don’t have medical training? –          In class, one of the standout moments was hearing from Bill Rodriguez. On one hand, he acknowledged the need more »

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Notes from the classroom: Exploring the role of energy infrastructure in health care delivery

March 22, 2012

Dateline: mid-March 2012 Location: MIT Sloan By: MIT Sloan ghdLAB students What would your life be like without a refrigerator, or a stovetop, or somewhere to charge your cell phone? Sitting in Cambridge, Massachusetts it is practically impossible to imagine. While talk of an energy crisis peppers our discussions, our electrified homes and gadgets are more »

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Notes from the classroom: Thoughts on my upcoming ghdLAB trip and the role of electronic medical records in rural clinics

March 22, 2012

Dateline: mid-March 2012 Location: MIT Sloan by David Hilliard In less than a week, I leave to work on a project in a rural health center in Kenya!!  My teammate, Pipe, and I are extremely excited to touch ground next week and put our research to work.  We are visiting three host sites over the more »

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Notes from the classroom: What I’m looking forward to on my upcoming trip to Kenya

March 21, 2012

Dateline: mid-March 2012 Location: MIT Sloan by Thapana “Pipe” Chairoj After realizing how much impact our team could potentially make for our host organization in the long-run, I became excited to put our knowledge and expertise into practice. Currently without any medical record system, Chebaiywa Health Center (CHC) has an ambitious goal of implementing OpenMRS more »

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Notes from the classroom: Before leaving for Botswana

March 18, 2012

Dateline: mid-March 2012 Lcocation: MIT Sloan By: Sydney Atkins and Julia Kay Preis   With our trip around the corner we struggle to strike a healthy balance of excitement and anticipation. Neither of us been to Botswana, and both are excited for our work ahead with Daktari Diagnostic. Daktari is a diagnostic company based in more »

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Harvard’s Rebecca Weintraub frames the big challenges in global health delivery for us

February 22, 2012

Dateline: February 2012 Location: MIT Sloan by Mary Anito In class last week we had the pleasure of talking to some of the leaders in the global health delivery space. Along with Ophelia Dahl (from Partners in Health; see another ghdLAB post on her) and and Marty Collier (from the Access Project in Rwanda), we were more »

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Notes from the classroom: A student team reflects on what they learned from working with a hospice in Kipkaren, Kenya

April 30, 2011

Dateline: April 22, 2011 Location: Cambridge, MA Via ghdLAB, a team of four MIT graduate students (all MBA candidates; one also a Masters of Science in Engineering candidate) worked with a faith-based organization, Living Room International, in rural western Kenya this Spring. As our class comes to a close, each team put together a thank-you more »

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