From Abby: Difficult News

I have some sad news to share…after much deliberation and talking back and forth with Dr. Tarira, we have all decided that my trip to Zimbabwe planned for this spring would simply not be a safe venture.  Given the current political climate in Zimbabwe, especially as elections in June draw near, and the recent events in Egypt, Dr. Tarira feels strongly that at this time, I would not be safe to come to St. Albert’s and complete my project as planned.

It is with a very heavy heart that I share this information with you, as I was very much looking forward to spending time at St. Albert’s and helping out as much as I could. I definitely planned to stay involved with Better Healthcare for Africa and with St. Albert’s, and at some point in the future, I will definitely plan to volunteer there. For now, however, I will be completing my MPH project and my global health elective in Ethiopia.

Even though I won’t be traveling to Zimbabwe this spring, I will still be planning for and completing a similar experience in Ethiopia. Darrell felt that it would be nice for me to continue the blog, so that you all might gain insight into a student’s preparation for global health activities in the developing world. Hopefully, you will continue to visit and read my updates.

Again, I am very sad to share this news with all of you. Hopefully, the situation in Zimbabwe will change in the near future. For now, however, I have to listen to Dr. Tarira’s advice.