After a very successful trip to The Gambia, we have over one hundred participants signed up to participate in our survey! We're still ironing out some details with a local cell phone company, but we're looking forward to beginning the survey in the coming weeks.
Abhi and Aditya are spending the week in the Serekunda area, recruiting people to participate in our survey. Lots of people are signing up!
After a lengthy approval process with the Scientific Coordination Committee, our submission was finally accepted! With their stamp of approval we're officially allowed to collect data for our study. We're looking forward to August, when we'll travel to The Gambia again and begin recruiting participants.
Sarah and Ian have returned from The Gambia, bringing with them valuable advice on how to refine our project. In the coming days we'll be incorporating their recommendations into our updated submission to the Medical Research Council.
Today, Sarah and Ian are traveling to The Gambia, along with our collaborator Dr. Reginald Hughes. During their trip they'll meet with medical practitioners to obtain further feedback on our project, discuss technology solutions with cellular companies, and learn more about the country.
We hosted a successful fundraiser at The Heights, in partnership with Fiji. The first fifty guests got free drinks. Over a hundred people came to the event, helping us come closer to reaching our fundraising goals.
Thanks to everyone who attended!
Our group has successfully submitted our research proposal to the Scientific Coordinating Committee (SCC) of the MRC in The Gambia. The SCC will work with us to improve the scientific value and feasibility of our project. We are excited to work with scientists on the ground in the country and look forward to their feedback on our proposal!
We are excited to be participating in and receiving funding from this year's Alternative Break Program at Columbia, which "fosters student leadership development and a life-long interest and commitment to civic engagement by supporting student-driven, solution-based, civic-engagement projects on academic breaks." Read more about the program on their website.
We are extremely grateful to have been selected after our many hours planning out logistics, budgets, and project details; we can't wait to start working on our system and keeping the ABP's solution-based philosophy of outreach in mind in the months ahead.