SCOPE partners with medical and faith communities to improve health in Ethiopia through outreach, education, and training.

Sarah Rawlins received her MPH degree from the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health.  She is currently a nurse at Harborview Medical Center and works with Doctors Without Borders.  She served as a SCOPE fellow from March-September 2010 in Gondar, Ethiopia. As a fellow, Sarah worked closely with the staff of the North Gondar Diocese and Gondar University Hospital, to build on existing relationships and to develop a foundation for the SCOPE project.  Sarah conducted an in-depth community needs assessment using exploratory research methods to help inform the planning of future SCOPE interventions.  See “Areas for Integration between Faith and Medicine.”

Together with her counterparts, Dr. Anteneh, Alemayehu Shimeka and Erica Nelson, Sarah assisted in the planning for the SCOPE three day HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) campaign and the North Gondar Diocese museum renovation project. During her final two months in Ethiopia, Sarah focused on her MPH research proposal: The Role of Soul Fathers for ART adherence.

Two SCOPE posters were presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, Washington DC, 2011. The first was titled “Opportunities for integration between faith and medicine in Northwestern Ethiopia”.    Authors were Rawlins S, Gimbel-Sherr S, Walson J, Anteneh G, Shimeka A.  The second was titled “Can Soul Fathers improve antiretroviral adherence in Orthodox Ethiopia?”  Authors were Rawlins S and Gimbel-Sherr S.

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