One day not too long ago I walked into my bathroom here in Malawi and saw a spider scurry along one of the white-tiled walls. I am by no means well-versed in arachnids and can’t tell an innocuous garden spider from a potentially deadly black widow. This one’s body was fat, spotted, and tan and… Read More…

Young People Living with HIV/AIDS and Sexuality: What’s the deal?

April 15, 2014 By Christine Kaleeba
Class of 2013-2014

Few things are more rejuvenating than working with young people and I am privileged to be doing just that. I work for Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation in Uganda as an Advocacy and Communications Specialist. I have been at Baylor-Uganda for over six months and while much remains the same in terms of how… Read More…

Measuring Progress: Dashboard Designing

April 14, 2014 By Ladislas Hibusu
Class of 2013-2014

Monitoring and evaluation is a critical component of project success. It’s one of the powerful project and program measurement tools used to gauge progress and improvement over time, though it’s rarely used a dashboard. Before joining GHC and Afya Mzuri, I had not the slightest idea of what a scorecard or dashboard was in the… Read More…

As Seen on TV

April 10, 2014 By Krystal Rampalli
Class of 2013-2014

TV has been an amazing thing for the world. I personally love entertaining shows like “Breaking Bad” and news programmes like “60 Minutes.” But TV also gets a bad rap from many (and with good reason) for its regular portrayal of sex, drugs, crime and general overindulgence. The universal truth about TV is that it… Read More…

The Power of Empathy in Action

April 2, 2014 By Kiera Kenney
Class of 2013-2014

Recently I’ve been discouraged by the inaction of so many of my peers. Why don’t people feel more compelled to take action towards a more just society and world?  Why aren’t rights important enough to work towards or fight for? In a quest for understanding I wonder if the issues we face seem too large… Read More…

Back to School

April 1, 2014 By Nicolas Rivard
Class of 2013-2014

How can we comprehend sustainability in a context where that word does not exist? How can we fashion contemporary architecture appropriate to people and place without modern construction materials? How can a school in the Congolese jungle teach its students and its entire community? These are the sorts of questions I have had the opportunity… Read More…

Leap-frogging Development

March 31, 2014 By Delanie Ricketts
Class of 2013-2014

“Let’s focus on the opportunities, not the challenges,” my co-worker offered. In a conversation about reaching health care workers through internet-based platforms and applications, this was a bold statement. How could you not consider the fact that many of the health care workers we were trying to reach in rural areas didn’t have electricity? Yet,… Read More…

Sample Transport

March 28, 2014 By Chrispine Ungapembe
Class of 2013-2014

It’s quite mind blowing how we take a lot of things for granted and think…or rather not think that it could be a big deal for someone somewhere. Come to think of it, if something has already been deemed worthy of being taken for granted then who would have a minute to think of the… Read More…

Breast Feeding: A Fundamental Human Right

March 18, 2014 By Zeno Masereka
Class of 2013-2014

A new law in the United Arab Emirates makes it compulsory for mothers to breastfeed their babies for two years. Under the legislation a wet nurse will be provided for any woman who is unable to breastfeed for health reasons. This sounds like gagging mothers to do their duty and responsibility, and it sounds controversial… Read More…

Homosexuality: Understanding Human Diversity

March 13, 2014 By Fred Chitalu
Class of 2013-2014

I am led into writing about my experiences and opinion following the disheartening responses coming from fellow Africans on the continued homosexuality debate. I have had some peer debates on this issue both before and after becoming a Global Health Corps fellow through which some people may have or had different thoughts and questions about… Read More…

Key Takeaways from 2013

March 11, 2014 By Raymond Besiga
Class of 2011-2012

It’s been a bit. So, I thought to share a few lessons I learned from the past year, before the hype dies down and the takeaways evolve beyond the realm of 2013. They are in no specific order, and I warn you, I may rumble at times but here goes! Emerge from trying circumstances with… Read More…

We Don’t Care (or maybe we do).

March 10, 2014 By Casey Kilburn
Class of 2013-2014

My generation is commonly referred to as the “Millennials” (see also, “self-centered”, “over confident”, “entitled”, etc.) Roughly born between 1980-2000, the core of this generation is in their early 20′s-early 30′s. By this time most of us have likely held a variety of jobs, studied a variety of things, and most of us hold a… Read More…

Switching Lenses

March 4, 2014 By Evelyn Ninsiima
Class of 2013-2014

I remember that day in Yale when all fellows that were to be based in Uganda working on health systems quality improvement held a discussion on how to go about their kind of work, what it takes, and how to support each other. What immediately came to my mind was the question of what kind… Read More…

Getting to zero new HIV infections: Would mandatory testing get us there?

March 3, 2014 By Benon Mugulusi
Class of 2013-2014

“A lion that kills, is one that does not roar”, goes a famous Savannah grassland African saying. “It is one that crouches and lays quietly in the calmly swaying savannah grasses, patiently crawling behind its unsuspecting victims”, goes the saying with further elucidation. The savannah grassland residents’ question then is, “what if we burnt down… Read More…

The Chain Remains: Part II

February 28, 2014 By Maria Aldana
Class of 2013-2014

Even with all the structural barriers that formerly incarcerated people face, there are stories of hope and resilience.  This is not to say that re-entry is an easy or fair process.  As it is discussed in part one of this piece, written by Stephen Hicks, people face many barriers when they are out of prison. … Read More…

The Chain Remains: Part I

February 26, 2014 By Stephen Hicks
Class of 2013-2014

Prison is human storage, but worse because prisons attempt to strip away the dignity of those incarcerated. Look at the school-to-prison pipeline paradigm, mandatory minimum sentencing, crack/cocaine sentencing discrepancies, or the myriad of intended and unintended consequences from the “War of Drugs” and the “Get Tough on Crime” movements. But what is more alarming after… Read More…

Ten Years

February 25, 2014 By Katherine Williams
Class of 2013-2014

Humor me for a moment… Let your mind wander back in time. Let it meander over your life’s trail to where you were 10 years ago. What was your focus then? How did you spend your time? What did you hope the future would bring? I was 15—a high school freshman in a suburb of… Read More…

A Fabulist Imagines in Ruhiira

February 21, 2014 By Kai Cowger
Class of 2013-2014

Those who most intimately know me have said I have an overactive, irrepressible imagination. I have realized it is both a curse and a blessing.  A curse of finding myself trapped in an obsessive mind, a mind that can persuade me that the most dangerous fictional ideas I conjure are true.  A blessing of being… Read More…

The long road to ending unsafe abortion

February 18, 2014 By Morgan Garcia
Class of 2013-2014

When we were 17, a friend of mine got pregnant. When she told me she planned to terminate the pregnancy, I was relieved. She was one of my smartest friends, but like all of my friends, she was so young to me. I couldn’t imagine what life would be like for her or the baby…. Read More…

Speaking Truth to Silence

February 12, 2014 By Joya Taft-Dick
Class of 2013-2014

It’s incredible what putting an end to silence and fear can do. When AIDS first appeared on the scene in the U.S in the 70s, it was initially called the “gay-related immune deficiency.” It wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the Reagan administration even mentioned the word “AIDS” publicly. The stigma and discrimination that hounded this… Read More…

Universal access to HIV treatment as a Global Public Good

February 11, 2014 By Kudakwashe Dube
Class of 2013-2014

The concept of global public goods is a traditional way of classifying goods and services based on two factors: 1) rivalrous consumption and 2) excludability. Global public goods are non-rivalrous, meaning their use by one individual does not reduce their availability to others and they are non-excludable meaning people should not be prevented from accessing… Read More…

Six Month Highlights

February 10, 2014 By Christina Allain
Class of 2013-2014

My friends and family in the Northeast region of the United States will find this incomprehensible, but it is too hot to think straight in the mid-afternoon sun that streams through the window of our (very) well-lit new office. For a girl who spent 28 of the previous 29 holiday seasons in wintry Massachusetts, this… Read More…

Market Shaping- Improving access to ORS and Zinc

February 10, 2014 By Lorraine Kabunga
Class of 2013-2014

Diarrhea kills about 800,000 children each year, making it the second leading cause of death in children under five years worldwide. In Uganda diarrhea kills ~ 10,000 children every year, and is the third largest single cause of child mortality. Despite the existence of a simple, life-saving treatment (ORS[1] and Zinc), access to the medicines… Read More…

Work for the joy of it

February 7, 2014 By Kondwani Mmanga
Class of 2013-2014

Many nations in the world, especially in the developing world, are experiencing poor health indicators and high mortality rates. This has normally been attributed to brain drain, inadequate staff, inadequate drugs, corruption, environmental factors and health seeking behavior. In my opinion, health worker strikes are a barrier to public health and health equity, yet it… Read More…

The Nuts and Bolts of Better Health

February 6, 2014 By Kaylyn Koberna
Class of 2013-2014

This morning I sat down with the Maintenance Supervisor and Medical Engineer at Bwaila Hospital to go line-by-line through an exhaustive inventory of spare parts. Half inch galvanized sockets? Cut the quantity by half. Thousand-watt theatre halogen bulbs? Essential. Nine-volt rechargeable batteries? We will make do without. It was tedious, frustrating, and probably the most… Read More…

Snap Back to Reality — Why Cutting Funding for SNAP Cuts Our Nation’s Progress

February 6, 2014 By Elizabeth Agi
Class of 2013-2014

On August 28th, 1963, almost 300,000 people marched on the nation’s capital to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver the most powerful demand to end racism in history. On January 8th, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared the official intent of the United States government to put an end to poverty. We’re half a… Read More…

Whose Base Line?

February 5, 2014 By Marian Brown
Class of 2013-2014

On January 25th Zomba City health practitioners from across sectors came together to discuss the Zomba City Council Report on HIV and AIDS. I had the fortune to attend through representation of the Zomba-based NGO that I work for, as the Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow, the Art & Global Health Center Africa. I attended the… Read More…

HIV At-Home Test Kits in Malawi?

February 4, 2014 By Lindsey Kinsinger
Class of 2013-2014

The debate all began one year ago, in a lecture at my graduate school, Boston University. Are at-home HIV test kits ethical? Will they work? The presentation for the recently FDA-approved oral, at-home kits was given by an FDA employee, that was an integral member in the approval process. The audience was composed of public… Read More…

I have now completed six months holed up here in Kyangwali Refugee Camp doing primary health care activities at my placement organization, Action Africa Help International (AAHI). I came here in August 2013 as a Global Health Corps Fellow to serve as a Health Officer with AAHI under its refugee care program. AAH-I is an… Read More…

And so it began…

February 3, 2014 By Nicolas Rivard
Class of 2013-2014

It was the kind of warm, Rwandan morning that makes an expat forget they miss friends and family. Regina and I approached the gates of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) stadium dressed to the nines and buzzed by the excitement of a large crowd waiting to enter the event. We were attending… Read More…

The Pursuit of Hope in Global Health

January 31, 2014 By Esnatt Gondwe
Class of 2013-2014

My brother in-law recently shared this quote with me: “Hope is not the conviction that something will end well, but that it makes sense, no matter how it ends.”- Vaclav Havel  When I read this quote, it made me think about my fellowship year.  Before starting the fellowship I didn’t know what to expect. I… Read More…

Telling Our Stories, Raising Our Voices

January 29, 2014 By Ladislas Hibusu
Class of 2013-2014

A man far wiser and braver than I once said: “there will be times when we will be powerless to prevent injustice but let never be a time when we fail to protest.” The reason I am busy doing something every day of my life is because it keeps me in balance. In everything we… Read More…

Guest of Honor

January 28, 2014 By Lillian Nakisozi
Class of 2013-2014

At the age of fifteen I very much wanted to be an important person in the community. Think of those given front row seats labeled ‘reserved’ at functions, escorted to the front in case they took seats in the back, the ones who were given a microphone to speak last.  And they seemed to have… Read More…

The Role of the Community in Reducing Vulnerability Among Children

January 27, 2014 By Frank Atukunda
Class of 2013-2014

It has been six months now since I started my quality improvement work with URC USAID-ASSIST project Uganda. I joined the project in August 2013 as a Global Health Corps fellow working under the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. The USAID –ASSIST OVC program aims to improve the quality of services offered to OVC… Read More…

Does Aid Work? Is That the Right Question?

January 24, 2014 By Jonathan Cali
Class of 2013-2014

A group of young professionals working in the international development industry sat down to discuss questions that have been debated for years by academics and practitioners such as Jeffrey Sachs, Dambisa Moyo, and Bill Easterly. Have international development organizations been successful? Does foreign aid work? The young professionals launched into a lively debate, with some… Read More…

Living Your Story

January 17, 2014 By Tiffany Aquino
Class of 2012-2013

While reflecting on 2013 over the past couple weeks, I took some time to review my blog posts from my time last year as a GHC fellow in Rwanda. This is a post from about 8 months into my fellowship experience and right after my birthday (with some new alterations to post here). Looking at it… Read More…

Havel Plays

January 16, 2014 By Bowie Daniel Hall
Class of 2013-2014

Lest one brook misapprehension at nomothetic developments in Kampala, the government of Uganda must rightly attend to myriad problems that indeed do pose serious threat to the diverse and growing populace it represents. Despite the country’s well-publicized success in reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence since the 1980s, Uganda continues to suffer among the highest rates of this… Read More…


January 15, 2014 By Jourdan Schiffer McGinn
Class of 2012-2013

It’s 2014….already? I can’t even begin to discern (says the good Jesuit in me) what 2013 was or the ways in which it changed me. But, here’s what I may have learned in 2013… 1. Kindness is the most important currency the world has to offer. As I have wandered into places far from my… Read More…

Mental Health and Illness: At home and abroad

January 14, 2014 By Jennifer Gottesfeld
Class of 2011-2012

Nick Kristof really hit the nail on the head in his Sunday column in the New York Times “First Up, Mental Illness. Next Topic Is Up to You,” where he called out mental illness as one of the major issues systematically neglected to be given the seriousness and attention it deserves. Mental illness is still… Read More…

A Deadly Dinner

January 13, 2014 By Edward Otim
Class of 2013-2014

Normally when people talk about global health and, more specifically, environmental health, they tend to focus on the big, flashy threats – floods, droughts, and toxic waste pollution, to name a few. But sometimes the most innocent and hidden/silent of activities can cause the greatest harm. For the greater part of my life, especially my… Read More…

Loving and Serving the Community

January 10, 2014 By Peter Wampaalu Balyawula
Class of 2013-2014

  Global Health Corps is a leadership and professional development fellowship program for emerging global health leaders. It works to improve the lives of people in communities by ensuring social justice and health equity for all. ACODEV-Uganda, my placement organization, works to improve the lives of people in the community, especially the hard to reach… Read More…

Find It. Share It. Solve It.

January 9, 2014 By Brian Ssennoga
Class of 2013-2014

In my first 6 months of the Global Health Corp Fellowship, while placed with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, I have gotten immersed in programs about the eradication of  HIV/AIDS. I am now working closely with a group of young people, known as Ariel Ambassadors, and it’s a great honor to understand what it means… Read More…

Live it and Love it: The Thrill that Comes with Compassion

January 7, 2014 By Moses Ariong
Class of 2012-2013

It is a tradition in many cultures to help one another and to express love and kindness in times of good and bad. These cultures have evolved from handing over gifts like chicken, goats and other material gifts to now the much talked about funding of projects in the developing world – in other words… Read More…

The power in numbers.

January 3, 2014 By Daisy Nakasi
Class of 2013-2014

  Meet Namuleme Sandra a senior one student at Amka classic secondary school, she joined Reach Out Mbuya (ROM) in 2012. Prior to joining ROM, Sandra was at Victory primary school in Kawempe. She fell sick in 2011 and missed school for a whole year as she was bedridden. She was put on treatment for… Read More…

Need for Research Capacity Building and the role of online courses

January 2, 2014 By Lambert Mugabo
Class of 2013-2014

Need for Research Capacity Building and the role of online courses   As a Global Health Corps fellow, so far I have been involved with research activities , and particularly capacity building. I stay in rural area, where little health information is available. People who live in my neighborhood may have little knowledge of diseases as… Read More…

Why Growing Old Is Admirable No More

December 19, 2013 By Moses Ariong
Class of 2012-2013

The word ‘old’ used to be synonymous with the words: respect, wisdom, intelligence, experience, seniority, blessings, leadership. Old persons (“the elderly”) were seen as a source of inspiration and were responsible for nurturing future generations based on their long life experiences with the notion “Experience is the best teacher” being widely accepted. My father once… Read More…

No Problem Exists in a Vacuum

December 18, 2013 By Colin Gerber
Class of 2013-2014

A colleague made a fascinating comment during a meeting the other day. Deep in my post-Taco Thursday food coma, I did not process his words until long after. “Under staffing is protective in one sense: [they] do not have the resources to pay everyone if the facility was fully staffed.” This blew me away (once… Read More…


December 17, 2013 By Rahul Kulkarni
Class of 2013-2014

Unlike many developing nations struggling with a high burden of HIV, Uganda is failing to reduce its prevalence. Despite over 750 million dollars in aid money each year from the United States government, which focuses largely on infectious disease, the spread of HIV continues to plague vulnerable communities throughout the country. The virus truly does… Read More…

Celebrating the girl child

December 16, 2013 By Trinitas Mhango
Class of 2013-2014

In response to the call to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, October 11th, 2013. Being a global citizen and a patriotic Malawian, celebrating the 11th of October meant a lot to me. I love the themes that cut across the celebration like that of  UNICEF, the World Bank, Every Child, Plan International,… Read More…

The American Dream: Call to Service

December 13, 2013 By Kelly Imathiu Kanando Muteti
Class of 2013-2014

So a lot of times when people hear of the US, they think of opportunities; it’s the land of milk and honey. Being a Kenyan born and raised in the coastal regions, I have witnessed what the idea of going to the US has done to the ears of those who had not had the… Read More…

The Value of the Co-Fellow Relationship

December 12, 2013 By Yvonne Chow
Class of 2013-2014

I remember the first time I saw my co-fellow Michele Sahabo at Yale for training. A fellow had pointed her out to me in the distance, but I stood behind and did not approach her because I was shy and scared. It took me two days to finally approach her. I know this may come… Read More…

Waiting room: My personal experience with patience, hope, and surprises

December 11, 2013 By Lambert Mugabo
Class of 2013-2014

It’s been ten months or so since I came across Global Health Corps’ (GHC) call for applications for the 2013-2014 fellowship class. Actually, it was my second time applying for this opportunity. This time, I started assembling each and every element carefully, reviewed each position of interest to me many times to weigh it against… Read More…

The Children and Mothers of Karamoja: Who Will Save Them?

December 11, 2013 By Moses Ariong
Class of 2012-2013

“There is a lot to be desired from our government and development partners. We do not have even a single orphanage or child care centre in Karamoja and yet thousands of orphans and abandoned children exist,” said Bishop George Joel Omara of Pentecostal Assemblies of God in one of the meetings held to develop a… Read More…

The Journey to Genuine Social Justice

December 10, 2013 By Diallo Afadhali
Class of 2013-2014

My vision is to see myself in a place where I am able to make an impact on more people’s lives. Let’s all aim at being in a position where we are able to freely express ourselves and see ourselves really taking part in what we are supposed to be doing! Never be a “ghost”… Read More…

Why We March: Reflections on World AIDS Day 2013

December 10, 2013 By Natalia Espejo
Class of 2013-2014

A great deal has changed since the World Health Organization first came up with the idea of World AIDS day in 1987. An HIV-diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, HIV-positive mothers can give birth to HIV-negative babies, and discordant couples can have fulfilling and healthy long-term relationships. However, despite these gains, there’s still a lot of work do. World… Read More…

GHC Celebrates World Human Rights Day!

December 10, 2013 By admin

GHC Celebrates World Human Rights Day from Global Health Corps

Men, Let’s Get it Together

December 9, 2013 By Oliver Ho
Class of 2012-2013

A little more than a year ago (about 3 months into my fellowship year), my father passed away. There were plenty of emotions to deal with. Anger was one of these emotions. It always has been when it comes to my father. His anger and inability to control it made my mom leave Hong Kong… Read More…

Medicine Quality Control in Burundi

December 9, 2013 By Nobel Cubahiro
Class of 2013-2014

When I started my work at LifeNet International as a pharmaceutical supply chain officer, I was thrilled, primarily because I knew that I was a part of the movement that is bringing health equity to my country of Burundi. The second reason why I was so enthused to be a part of this fellowship was… Read More…

It is your health, man

December 6, 2013 By Ayokunle Abogan
Class of 2013-2014

Our conversation about one important discrepancy in the health field, inequalities in the health seeking behaviors between men and women, is very important. Aside from gender and biological differences, broader social economic status including the unequal distribution of wealth and power between men and women also influences their exposure to health risks, access to health… Read More…

Conversation and Networking: My New Treasured Friends

December 6, 2013 By Joan Nakirya Wakida
Class of 2013-2014

My first two months as a GHC fellow have been an exceptional experience. While at training at Yale University, I realized how important it was to make conversation and create networks. This experience was rather overwhelming and challenging but later I found it quite stimulating.  Such networks and conversations initially appeared like preparing for a… Read More…

The Related Evils of Violence Against Children and HIV Infection

December 5, 2013 By Kudakwashe Dube
Class of 2013-2014

How the intersection of the work of Together for Girls Partnership and The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) keeps children safe from violence and HIV Violence against children is a worldwide problem of grave and urgent concern. Violence against children can be physical, sexual, or emotional and can include deprivation and/or neglect. Both… Read More…

Communications: Changing Dominant Narratives

December 5, 2013 By Joya Taft-Dick
Class of 2013-2014

I have been interested in the rights, lives, and stories of women and girls for as long as I can remember.  I lived in Pakistan between the ages of 12 and 18, at which point I specifically became concerned with the astounding levels of violence that women and girls face around the world.  Since then… Read More…

Time for a Constitutional Right to Health?

December 4, 2013 By Jonathan Cali
Class of 2013-2014

The capital was abuzz with activity. Cars horns honked and brakes squealed as drivers waited impatiently in the snarled traffic of the morning commute.  I passed through the metal detector at the office entrance and walked briskly into the conference room on the first floor. The room was filled with government health officials who had… Read More…

Some women are still under siege

December 4, 2013 By Mathias Mulumba
Class of 2013-2014

Growing up in a rural part of the country for my childhood, I had a chance to witness what seems normal in most of our rural communities but has continuously left a trail of despair among women out there. Negotiating sex is not their right. In fact, girls, as a way of preparing them to… Read More…

She falls down, but she gets up.

December 3, 2013 By Benon Mugulusi
Class of 2013-2014

Have you ever heard the song “We fall down, but we get up” by Donnie McClurkin? Maybe not, but if you were born before the 90′s or have a taste for rhythm and blues, then I am sure you have heard “I will get there” by Boyz II Men. These two songs came alive for… Read More…

Finding The Balance

December 3, 2013 By Erin Keating
Class of 2013-2014

Before coming to Uganda, I had a very clear vision of what my life would be like living in a rural community.  This included becoming close friends with all of my neighbors and holding lengthy conversations in Luganda (the local language) while learning to cook Matooke and groundnut sauce (the region’s staple dish).  I would… Read More…

A Belated World AIDS Day Message

December 2, 2013 By Raymond Besiga
Class of 2011-2012

Global Health Corps 2011 Scavenger Hunt – A push for social justice. Hey folks, Sunday marked the 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. A day on which people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV, remember friends and loved ones lost, and laud humanity’s efforts to combat the scourge. In many ways, it is a… Read More…

“Being challenged is inevitable, being defeated is optional” – Roger Crawford

December 2, 2013 By Priyanka Patel
Class of 2013-2014

Having heard about the Global Health Corps fellowship only forty eight hours before the deadline to submit an application, I had little hope of making the deadline with all my ongoing commitments. Nonetheless I put in all my effort and I was pleasantly surprised and privileged to have received an offer. I was overjoyed, as… Read More…

Passion for Health Equity: A Necessity for Maximizing Impact in Health

December 2, 2013 By Fred Chitalu
Class of 2013-2014

I probably grew up with the word “health” crossing my ears almost every day. It is one word that became too common to bother checking my dictionary for the meaning. Being a person from a non-medical professional background, I understood health provision services to be the responsibility of medical professionals. As such, I felt so… Read More…

Kilimanjaro and Climate Change: Forget Hemingway, Think Health

November 27, 2013 By Bowie Daniel Hall
Class of 2013-2014

    (Sunrise from near Mt. Kilimanjaro’s highest point. Photo Credit: David Budiac, climbing partner)   Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. September 29th, 2013, 6:15 AM. Altitude: 5,895 meters above mean sea level—Africa’s highest point. Air pressure: 497 hectopascals—a little over half that of the savannas far below. Humidity: 10%—drier than a typical desert. Temperature: -5.5… Read More…

Peace UP, AIDS Down

November 27, 2013 By Casey Kilburn
Class of 2013-2014

“Yeah!”, I’m sure many of us have heard the classic American rap song with a similar opening line (“Peace UP, A-Town Down,” for those of you who missed Usher’s genius), but at The Grassroot Project we have coined our own remix; bringing knowledge and awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a unique and engaging way. DC’s… Read More…


November 26, 2013 By Stephen Hicks
Class of 2013-2014

I spent a Saturday with my dad in Washington, D.C. as he ran errands and hung out with his friends. I was the 8-year-old munchkin tagging along with Pops. There I was with him and some guys from the neighborhood standing around a green Ford pick-up truck tailgate. We were in the non-touristy, pre-gentrified section… Read More…

Welcoming Homeless Youth to Your Health Care Practice: 8 Tips for Providers

November 26, 2013 By Jenna Marie Mellor
Class of 2013-2014

Health Care for All includes health care for homeless youth- who all too often can feel stigmatized, alienated, or fearful of health systems due to past experiences. As a health care provider, you have the opportunity to change that. The following are 8 tips for providers who work with homeless youth. These tips were compiled using… Read More…

Distance and closeness

November 25, 2013 By Taiki Endo
Class of 2013-2014

The phone vibrated twice on my wooden bed-side stand before I woke up. Just like the many other times when I got woken up by a phone call or a knock at the door, I felt disoriented- I knew where I was but little else. “Taiki, dude, have you seen the news today?” Dennis asked…. Read More…

Considering applying? Join GHC Fellows for a Q&A session, and get the inside scoop!

November 22, 2013 By Tiffany Aquino
Class of 2012-2013

Considering applying to be a Global Health Corps fellow, but still have questions? Come hang out with GHC fellows on Friday December 6, 2013 6:30pm EST! Get the inside scoop directly from fellows on the fellowship experience, application tips and more. We’ll be live online, December 6 at 6:30 at:, or the GHC Fellows G+ page. For… Read More…

Strength in numbers . . . and diversity

November 22, 2013 By Virginia Roncaglione
Class of 2013-2014

Here I am, sitting in a room with some really amazing people. They are all very different from each other. To my left is a man in his sixties with a distinct San Francisco accent, who is asking a whole lot of questions. Every time he does so, he clips his glasses over his nose,… Read More…

The view

November 22, 2013 By Laura Cedro
Class of 2013-2014

I sit at a desk in the Butaro Hospital pharmacy every day, facing a tall window that looks into the courtyard where patients gather and wait for their clinic visits. We sit facing one another, but it seems they usually don’t see me. The fountain ledge where they rest is about 30 feet away and… Read More…

Saying Hello in Burundi

November 21, 2013 By Stephen Wynn
Class of 2013-2014

On my first day at ANSS in Bujumbura, I walked around with my co-fellow Pamela and one of our supervisors and met almost one hundred people that were to be my co-workers. Naturally, because there were tons of new names and faces and the introductions were entirely in French, I was unable to remember many… Read More…

Encouraging change through collaboration

November 20, 2013 By Anna Katie Savage
Class of 2013-2014

11 years of public health experience 8 languages 3 countries 2 U.S. states 1 goal of working towards health equity And this all fits in the less than 1000 square feet in New York City that we now call home! Even though my trip to the Big Apple was the shortest, I find myself living… Read More…

Learning to Put the “Social” in “Social Media”

November 19, 2013 By Elizabeth Agi
Class of 2013-2014

It seems a little like cheating to write my first blog post about, well, blogging. But I’ve been thinking back about a week-long period last month that revolved in one way or another around social media that it’s really the only thing I can think of to talk about. I’ve never been one to blog…. Read More…

ICFP 2013 Reflections: Maternal & Child Health, Family Planning… and NTDs

November 18, 2013 By Chelsea Ducharme
Class of 2013-2014

As a current Global Health Corps (GHC) fellow, I was fortunate to attend the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, jointly organized by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. With a theme of “Full Access, Full Choice,”  I was consistently inspired and challenged… Read More…

Option B+ for every woman?

November 15, 2013 By Hazel Namadingo
Class of 2013-2014

One of the projects that I work on at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a research study assessing the acceptability of option B+ among pregnant and lactating women in select sites in Malawi. In 2011, Malawi rolled out the Option B+ policy, which mandates health care workers (HCWs) to put every pregnant and… Read More…

The gap between the ‘here’ and ‘there’

November 14, 2013 By Tal Ben-Jaaqov
Class of 2013-2014

There is a phrase in Hebrew, my native tongue, which can be roughly translated as “What can be seen from here, cannot be seen from over there.” It can be used in many contexts but when it comes to my work in Burundi, I see it as pertaining to the dividing gap between the “office”… Read More…

The circumcision solution: Is it a poisoned chalice?

November 13, 2013 By Lonjezo Sithole
Class of 2013-2014

I am a huge fan of debates and I have a cut-and-dry opinion on a whole gamut of issues. Aside from the fact that debates give me that sizzling rush of hormones in my blood,  for the most part, they help me clarify my own values and worldview in a way that reading a book,… Read More…

Elephants & Community

November 12, 2013 By Marian Brown
Class of 2013-2014

In the last two hours I have: seen one hippo lethargically dance across an arid riverbed, witnessed a large male baboon assert his dominance in a heated call to his tribe, protested a group of monkeys stealing both our food and anti-malarial medications (thankfully for both us and the monkeys we got the medications back),… Read More…

Heroes in no-man’s land; Angels in Bwera Hospital.

November 11, 2013 By Benon Mugulusi
Class of 2013-2014

Having been brought up in a rather modest but very disciplined home, I learned quite early to be quick to offer gratitude and honest praise to anyone that affects my life positively or deserves the gratitude. I know how revitalizing and inspiring a simple thank you can be to others’ efforts. I, however, also want to… Read More…

Malawi First Quarter Highlights

November 8, 2013 By Christina Allain
Class of 2013-2014

Highlights of my first quarter in Malawi: One. Driving around the southern region for a male circumcision campaign: yes. Strange though it may seem, MC (as it’s called) has been shown to reduce transmission of HIV by 60%. (That’s a lot!) As such, the government has made it a priority and I was able to accompany… Read More…

Snacking on Success

November 7, 2013 By Samantha White
Class of 2013-2014

“Can you tell me a little more about the strengths of your group?” [Silence.] Hmmm… how can I rephrase this? “What do you feel you have accomplished?” [Silence.] After a robust 30-minute discussion about challenges, I thought I’d struck luck with a verbose crowd. But when I asked about successes, I could hear distant chickens… Read More…

Who else if not me?

November 6, 2013 By Peter Pindani
Class of 2013-2014

Life is about making the right decisions and choosing the right path. I have always fancied living in the city and getting all the things I have always dreamed of since my childhood days. However, with time I have realized that there is more to life than just being born and raised in the city…. Read More…

My Exodus

November 5, 2013 By Isabel Kumwembe
Class of 2013-2014

Walking away from my college hostel had never been so hard. For years, I awaited the day I would be done with college: the cafeteria food prepared with minimal effort, the small dorms requiring innovation to find space for my guitar. I was finally done with the cold showers and low water pressure resultant from… Read More…

Health Reform is Here to Stay

November 4, 2013 By Jose Carlos Gutierrez
Class of 2013-2014

It has been 17 days since the American federal government was shut down by the political posturing of a small, deluded faction of the Republican Party. Thankfully, just when we were on the verge of hitting the debt ceiling and unleashing a veritable economic disaster, they came to their senses and reached an agreement with… Read More…

Ever Shifting Perspectives

November 1, 2013 By Valerie Denis
Class of 2013-2014

Before I moved here, I considered Malawi to be a relatively unassuming country. It doesn’t come up very often in world news. Apart from a few Madonna-related stories and controversies, Malawi maintains a relatively low profile globally. When I found out I was moving here for my GHC fellowship, knowing next to nothing about the… Read More…


October 31, 2013 By Meagan Hawes
Class of 2013-2014

Kwicekagura. Kwee-chee-ka-goo-ra.  My ever-patient colleagues laugh, lounging on the motorcycles pulled into the front room of the office, as I mumble and repeat. Dusk is falling outside.  Thunder rumbles ominously. Many of the words they have taught me in these informal, end-of-the-day lessons I have forgotten; many I never fully understood.  This word, however, I… Read More…

Scaling up nutrition for mother and children!

October 30, 2013 By Diallo Afadhali
Class of 2013-2014

Hello Global Health World! It’s with a great pleasure and honor to greet you today. My name is Afadhali Diallo from Rwanda, pharmacist by career, a Global Health Corps fellow and Supply Chain Analyst at Clinton Health Access Initiative. Working for a reason to make impact in people’s lives is one of the best things… Read More…

Kibeho: The Holy Land

October 29, 2013 By Jean Claude Muhire
Class of 2013-2014

Kibeho is my place for this year-long fellowship. It is a small site located in the southern part of Rwanda in the administrative District of Nyaruguru. It is a three hours drive from Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and only 30kilometers from Butare, a place where I spent four years getting my undergraduate degree. I… Read More…

The power of Shared human experiance

October 25, 2013 By Esnatt Gondwe
Class of 2013-2014

I was recently contemplating the reason why William Shakespeare, a British poet, is popular everywhere! People quote him on Valentine’s Day to their special someone, or use his sonnets as central reference in literature courses. Why? Why is a British poet not only famous in his own country but also in countries all over the… Read More…

Start-up eHealth innovations are popping up all over in Africa, thus providing a glimpse of how ICTs can transform the delivery and governance of health services in the region. Many of these pilots show promise, but their rapid growth also poses challenges. At an eHealth conference held in Nairobi in May and co-organized by the World Bank,… Read More…

Challenging the barriers to health care by challenging our values

October 23, 2013 By Amritpal Sandhu
Class of 2013-2014

When settling into a new country, one must go through a process, if you may, in order to adapt to his or her new surroundings. Moves aren’t easy, but as humans we’re wired to acclimate to our surroundings for survival. It’s been two months since I started my fellowship here in Uganda, and it’s been… Read More…

Hopped off a plane at LLW . . .

October 23, 2013 By Betel Ezaz
Class of 2013-2014

I did actually have a dream and a cardigan, but that’s beside the point. After two weeks of the best kind of exhaustive training, the Malawi and Rwanda teams made our way to Johannesburg where we went our separate ways. Rather than a leisurely layover, though, we had 20 minutes to make it halfway through… Read More…

A New User’s Guide to Implementation

October 22, 2013 By Meghan Wareham
Class of 2013-2014

Before joining Global Health Corps, I worked for two years in Washington, D.C. as a strategy consultant. In my role, I evaluated market conditions for business and product development and supported the formation of M&A strategies. In doing so, I brainstormed ideas, constructed models, drafted documents, and delivered presentations to clients. After delivering the final… Read More…