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Friday, February 24, 2012

The end of Harmattan

Submitted by Michaela Sholes

At the risk of sounding like a Toto song...there really is nothing in this world quite like the rains in Africa! The sound on a tin roof is more calming than any lullaby soundtrack for kids, the smell of fresh rain mixed with dusty earth is more intoxicating than any French bakery, and let me just say that there are few things more refreshing on a hot humid afternoon than.

One might say, "These lovely words are pure poetry but...how does this relate to Medicine on the Move?" Simple answer. With the start of rainy season comes relief from the heat, but also new challenges. The rains signal a new growing season and represents opportunity as the rural communities are often dependent upon good rains to ensure a bountiful harvest in a few months. At the same time, rainy season also contributes to increased mosquito activity through increased stagnant water. Rainy season can also make even short travels difficult for many isolated communities, thus increasing the struggles to access health facilities.

There are challenges, opportunities, and rewards in every season and we at Medicine on the Move are appreciative of the rain that brings all three!

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