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MANOS Spring 2018 Newsletter

Introducing Professor

Introducing Professor Carrie Dolan! Professor Dolan’s research examines the allocation of health aid within the context of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. Through combining household panels with geographically-referenced data, Carrie’s research determines the contribution of health aid on key health outcomes. She earned a MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University and a PhD in Healthcare Policy and Research from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She currently teaches Fundamentals in Epidemiology, Health Policy and Health & Development. Professor Dolan traveled with MANOS in Januray and we learned a lot fromm her expertise in working with development projects internationally. She loved hiking, especially through focus goup four and she and Freddy enjoyed the four hour drive back to Managua together. Goodbye Professor Aday! After years of prolonging his retirement, Profe finally left officially after staying with the team through the fall of 2017. In the spring of 2017 we had a farewell for Profe where old MANOS alums came to his house and reminisced on their time on the project with him. We miss him greatly, but we still keep in touch!

January 2018 Trip The fifth phase of the roof project was implemented. We spent the majority of our trip presenting our data. We showed community members the GIS map showing water distribution throughout the community and asked for help in collecting the missing data (i.e. quantity and quality). We showed them the SNA map made form the data collected over the summer and told them it was incomplete and asked for their input on how to better ask SNA questions in the future. We briefly reviewed the data we collected and analyzed from the summer interviews and asked how to better ask question about community organization and collaboration. For self-efficacy, we asked about how the water project will affect health outcomes. We reviewed what we learned last trip about food resources and saving patters and started discussing how a fund system would work and getting a better understanding of the Japanese well. A Brief History MAY The beginning of the tank project. Each household received a tank to secure 2015 clean water. MARCH First trip in which we do not provide a clinic and the whole team did not at- 2016 tend. March 2018 Trip This past spring trip we installed the second to last phase of the roof project, providing ten more households with new roofs. Community members are excited to finish the roof project in May and plan to have a celebration in honor of its completion. On a separate note, most households in the community now have electricity. We also met with community members to discuss the future of the cistern project and how we can work together to install cisterns that will function for a long period of time. Additionally, we met with IN- RPHU and discussed the types of materials needed to create sustainable cisterns. This trip we also asked community members to collect data on their water sources, to improve our understanding of where water is in the community and which sources are used. We hope that this water collection will further engage the community in our partnership approach to research and the advancement of the water project. This summer we will analyze the data the community has collected and use it to map water sources in the community, which will help inform our efforts in regard to where we should install cisterns. Summer Duration of the Roof Project in which we replaces residents’ roofs 2016-18 with zinc. Spring MANOS/SOMOS joint class with other students interested in 2019 development