Stephanie Galvin volunteered as a Paediatric Nurse with VSO Ireland in Jinka hospital, Ethiopia. While on placement, Stephanie shared her skills and knowledge with staff in the paediatrics department and enhanced the routine care and management of neonates. In this blog post, Steph describes what volunteering with VSO meant for her.
Dr Aisling Walsh from Limerick volunteered with VSO Ireland in Gulu, Uganda, where the neonatal mortality rate is ten times higher than in Ireland. While on placement, Aisling shared her skills with local midwives and nurses to save babies' lives. Here she outlines how simple measures can make a huge difference in Uganda.
Ugandan mothers are so strong. They don't complain about pain or bleeding. They do what's best for their baby.
Janet Lawino is 17 and has only just been able taken her firstborn son home after a month-long stay at the neonatal intensive care unit. Being a new mum is always daunting, but finding yourself pregnant whilst still a teenager yourself can be an overwhelming experience, not the least if your child is unwell.
VSO volunteer Lisa McMahon working as a Teaching Methodology Advisor in Murehe Primary School
Without volunteers, VSO Ireland (Voluntary Service Overseas) wouldn't exist – that much is obvious from our name alone. Our education and healthcare programmes wouldn't have helped some of the world's most disadvantaged people. We wouldn't have changed policies and practices in marginalised communities for the better. And I certainly wouldn't be writing this blog post.