Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

Girls and Pregnancy

Today I go to visit my neighbour while she is sitting with some of the young girls from the area. Six girls, each of them under nineteen years of age – and five of them have a baby hanging from their breast. So many of the global conversations are about curbing pregnancy in school girls...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

Table use and bending- stories from the field

Recently we have worked with our community educators to look at how various types of tables may be helpful in day to day activities versus working from the ground. As the educators went back to their homes, they worked with groups of community members teaching them the value of tables at home. Predominant posture for...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

Mobility Trainers

Recently I put a call out in the community for volunteers. A group of people I would train in basic muscle and movement function to become educators to the greater community in prevention of injury. Eight came forward who expressed an eagerness. We agreed to set aside a two weeks period where I would teach...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

The Big Leap

Apologies for the silence. It’s been months since I’ve written. Sometimes life takes over and you find yourself moving through the whirlwind hoping to come out the other side in one piece. Well, that whirlwind has been internal. The thoughts, the processing, the fears, all the pieces of what I’ve done and how to move...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

It’s Not Okay

Over the weeks I’ve been home, I feel there is a constant theme in many of the conversations and questions people ask me. Everyone wants to understand if development aid is working. How do we make a better impact? What is the key to producing change? And so the questions go. ...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

The Greatest Discussion

Through the months I’ve begun training people in home rehabilitation, ergonomics, massage therapy and other related topics. These times have been more than a discussion of health. In fact, health rarely comes into the conversation (at first). The truth is; these topics push against culture; in a BIG way. ...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

Watch Them Move

These last few weeks have been filled with identifying and assessing patients with chronic mobility limitations. It’s been a time of really seeing the vision and the value of the vision come alive. ...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

Finding The Start

This last year in the village has taken huge steps for me. So much of my mindset and thinking is stuck in Canada, there is a process of shifting needed. What I have been taught, experienced and learned is out of the realm for the culture I now call home. To step so deeply into...

Health in Motion Africa | Christa Roby

Community Learning

With a shift over the past month, my days have begun to consist of more day and even nights staying in the village. Normally on the longer trips I will stay from Monday to Thursday. I do still have my own home in town and would return on the weekend. It’s not been every week...