Rachel Gough Making Links in Mozambique
Twelve years ago Rachel Gough was a Making the Links medical student in Mozambique. This was in the beginning stages of the Making the Links exchanges that gave heath science students a chance to work in communities in northern Saskatchewan, west side neighborhoods in Saskatoon, and Mozambique.
This exposure to upstream economic and social determinants of health was designed to open up a wider spectrum of thought and practice. And, a hope that students through these experiences would have a better sense of how they would grow their career in serving communities.
These many years later, Rachel – now a practicing doctor in sexual and reproductive health in St John’s Newfoundland – was back to share her knowledge with health workers in the Inhambane province of Mozambique, as part of the Mozambique-Canada Maternal Health Project. She talked about the reciprocal learning that she could apply when back in Canada in working for safe and accessible abortions.