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Malnutrition Close-up: Reflections from the Field

March 2, 2015 By Drew Jackson
Class of 2014-2015

In our first couple of weeks with Gardens for Health International (GHI) in Rwanda, we were fortunate enough to visit a few of the families that had graduated GHI’s program so we would better understand the need for and the impact of our fight against childhood malnutrition. We were driven deep into the countryside and… Read More…

What a name means to me

February 26, 2015 By Ellen Taetzsch
Class of 2014-2015

Ellen, Lupiya, Sarah, Kimena, Ben, Mangesha. We all have names and usually we don’t have just one but 2 or 3 or 4 or more. Names give us a sense of identity. We associate them with who we are. We are given names or nicknames out of affection. This is why when a teacher with… Read More…

Encounters with the faces of social determinants of health

February 26, 2015 By Mubuka Longwe
Class of 2014-2015

2014 was quite a year for me. I left a job in advertising to purse a role that put in me touch with my passion for social justice and opened me up to a whole other world – the world of global health. The training at Yale gave me knowledge that I would not have… Read More…

Elder Women as Agents of Change

February 25, 2015 By Savannah Russo
Class of 2014-2015

Photograph by Eric Miller When you picture a traditional African grandmother, you probably see a woman who is caring but feeble, ever present to provide her guidance and unconditional love. But it is not often that elder women are viewed as vital agents of social change. In 2010, while on a study abroad in South… Read More…

From working in the field to becoming a GHC fellow

February 23, 2015 By Willy Ingabire
Class of 2014-2015

I joined Partners in Health’s (PIH) Rwandan sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), in September 2013. My short term contract was for 9 months working in the field as a Research Interviewer. I was working on the Verbal and Social Autopsy (VSA) project where the objective was to find out the probable causes of mortality… Read More…

Creating Sustainability in the Rwandan Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

February 23, 2015 By Michele Kalal
Class of 2014-2015

My Master’s program taught me about health systems strengthening. The concept is simple, clear, and ideal: you want to strengthen health systems. The harder part for me was the how. How do I do this? A health system is a large evolving enterprise comprised of many moving parts. What can I do to strengthen this… Read More…

The confusing maze of influences and influencers in advocacy

February 23, 2015 By Rebecca Rwakabukoza
Class of 2014-2015

During the Article 25 Global Day of Action, a group of Ugandan-based Global Health Corps (GHC) fellows joined Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA) on the islands of Kaaza and Serinyabi in Mayuge District. These islands are located in Lake Victoria, and have no health facilities. The series of events started the night of October… Read More…

Enhancing self-confidence

February 23, 2015 By Immaculate Kyarisiima
Class of 2014-2015

Usually we are let down by our own thoughts and feelings along with how the environment perceives us. If we want to be change makers, building our self-confidence will help improve those thoughts and feelings. Here we go!  My own experience during the first quarter of my Global Health Corps fellowship year. Professionally, I am… Read More…

This Year.

February 23, 2015 By Melissa Otterbein
Class of 2014-2015

Increasing passion for global health through health promotion in rural Burundi

February 23, 2015 By Jean Sacha Barikumutima
Class of 2014-2015

Being born in a country where public health is an everyday challenge and growing up in a country where women and children die because we lack skilled health care professionals, drugs, and health infrastructure is enough to make anyone pessimistic. Talking about change can be seen as just a distraction, especially for the mother sitting… Read More…

Collaboration – A Simple Lesson From the mHealth Summit

February 23, 2015 By Margaret North
Class of 2014-2015

The integration of mHealth technology into the delivery of global public health programs has grown rapidly since the early 2000s. Projects ranging from SMS tutorials on family planning, to immunization records capture, to Ebola triage applications have been successfully implemented around the world. The most innovative and creative technologies have risen to the top of… Read More…

Polygamous serodiscordant relations are at the center of social complexities related to serostatus disclosure, seeking care and adherence to treatment. The uninfected partner(s) however, face a high risk of acquiring HIV. The strengthening TB & HIV/AIDS response in southwestern Uganda (STAR-SW), USAID funded and EGPAF-led project that supports 234 primary health care facilities in 13… Read More…

Rebirth of Atticus Finch in the new public health

February 12, 2015 By Klein Fernandez
Class of 2014-2015

In my first three months as a Global Health Fellow at the Boston Public Health Commission, I have slowly begun to gather concrete actions needed to eliminate health inequity in Boston. These actions – whether taken through education, policy change, or community collaboration,  are not magical solutions, yet are practices of the world’s most thriving… Read More…

Two months ago I was traveling in Northern Peru, wandering the windy roads where sometimes we human rights lawyers end up. My mission was quite specific: the American Bar Association (ABA) had sent me as a due process observer to a criminal trial against more than 30 members of indigenous communities. I spent several days… Read More…

My GHC story – Need and Information without Confirmation & a Decision

February 12, 2015 By Axel Managure
Class of 2014-2015

I automatically applied when I first heard about Global Health Corps (GHC) opening applications – of course it was interesting because you got to travel to the U.S., but more importantly, it was an organization that was calling on young people and I have always wished to work in an environment with young people. I… Read More…

The Road to Change: Tugire Nawe Nuze

February 12, 2015 By Karen Maniraho
Class of 2014-2015

Change doesn’t always happen in grandiose gestures; it is a process. And in that process, there will be moments when we question if we are strong enough for the task before us. We may question whether the very talents that gave us the confidence to recognize a need will be the talents that carry us… Read More…

A Life of Service: Insight into the life of a community health worker

February 10, 2015 By Kochelani Saili
Class of 2014-2015

The health sector in Zambia faces major human resources challenges, with a shortage of health care workers at practically every service delivery level. For example, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended establishment, Zambia faces a shortage of 9,271 nurses (a vacancy rate of 55%), 2,538 clinical officers (a vacancy rate of 63%), and… Read More…

Finding The Balance

February 10, 2015 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…

Akros Conducts Pilot Using Android Tablets To Combat Malaria

February 3, 2015 By Maswabi Precious Matantilo
Class of 2014-2015

Using technology to improve health systems is a large part of the Akros ethos. Since the inception of the Malaria Active Infection Detection (AID) program in 2011 in the Zambian district of Lusaka, several successes have been scored in the fight against the disease. Much of this involved the development of a system to locate… Read More…

Of Predictable Surprises and Haitian Nightmares

February 2, 2015 By Jerome Owagage Mpaata
Class of 2014-2015

Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results. It is disputable where the saying originated. Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and Rita Mae Brown have all, at some point, been associated with this quote. Whichever mouthpiece you prefer, there is no denying the universal wisdom this line… Read More…

Proper documentation for better health in Uganda

January 30, 2015 By Henry Kakeeto
Class of 2014-2015

It’s interesting how so many ideas about improving the health sector in Uganda have been documented and visualized, ignoring the fact that it starts from the health providers’ being able to work on their efficiency and effectiveness. If we don’t address this first, then the health industry will never improve. This involves proper documentation of… Read More…

What a year

January 30, 2015 By Benon Mugulusi
Class of 2013-2014

While taking a stroll along a street; a street arched by tall leafy trees; a street covered by mud from the down pour two hours earlier, I walk circumspectly lest I get my shoes muddied; a street in a town I called home for a year; the year I did my Global Health Corps (GHC)… Read More…

First time overseas: An understanding of global issues

January 30, 2015 By Theophile Uwayezu
Class of 2014-2015

The first experience is always scary, no matter how intelligent you are or whatever degree(s) you have. It was a great Friday; I passed by my friend’s workplace for a short farewell. The first words were “How are you feeling about your first flight?” And my quick response was that it was not a big… Read More…

Commute to work

January 30, 2015 By Rebecca Calderara
Class of 2014-2015

As a Global Health Corps Fellow, I am working alongside my co-fellow, James Kaggwa, and in partnership with five rural communities to establish five health clinics. These health clinics are located in the foothills of Mt. Elgon in hard to reach remote areas. Several days a week, James and I travel into the mountains to… Read More…

Reaching the Most At Risk

January 29, 2015 By Savannah Russo
Class of 2014-2015

“The only thing I have acquired from commercial sex work is HIV,” Elenia told me. Elenia works in an isolated spot along the border crossing from Uganda into Rwanda. She is one of thousands of women in Uganda who are driven by poverty and political instability to provide sexual services to truckers, boda cyclists and… Read More…

Can malnutrition be prevented in our communities?

January 29, 2015 By Ronald Tibiita
Class of 2014-2015

Crisent, a 2 year old boy from Karundi village survived death due to malnutrition after the intervention of community health workers. His mother became pregnant again, only two months after Crisent was born, subsequently interrupting her ability to breastfeed. As a result, at just over one year old, Crisent had become severely malnourished. Crisent was… Read More…

Imagine an HIV Free Generation!

January 29, 2015 By Ronald Tibiita
Class of 2014-2015

What if mothers and their babies lived healthier lives? On October 1, 2014, Millennium Villages Project (MVP), in partnership with Elizabeth Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and Isingiro local Government, graduated 68 HIV exposed infants – confirmed negative! The occasion was crowned with musical interludes and a dramatic presentation by the Ruhiira Anti HIV/AIDS drama group.  In… Read More…

When public health enthusiasts talk about Africa, the first thing that comes to their minds is AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis.  Admittedly so, these communicable diseases are real threats, but lurking in the midst is another threat that is often overlooked: non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These classic NCDs include heart disease, diabetes and cancer; but in tribute… Read More…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Think Pink

January 28, 2015 By Aisha Twalibu
Class of 2014-2015

On October 18th, 2014, my co-fellow and I attended a breast cancer awareness campaign, THINK PINK. The day started with a 5km walk and ended with breast examination tutorials, survivor stories and bake and second-hand clothing sales. It was a great day, but something caught my eye; it was the absence of men. Excluding the… Read More…

I got so much trouble on my mind

January 28, 2015 By Stephen Hicks
Class of 2013-2014

This nagging feeling is a confusing one. It sits between bereavement and astonishment. It engulfs. It depresses. This feeling rears itself as I scroll my Facebook newsfeed and hear the narratives of our clients at HIPS. Statistics are staggering but the autobiographical narratives reveal the dire straits of our people. Let’s look at our current… Read More…

Superhumans

January 27, 2015 By Melissa Mazzeo
Class of 2013-2014

One of my main reasons for applying for a Global Health Corps fellowship in Uganda was to be closer to the work I was supporting. Before GHC, I worked at the US headquarters of a global health nonprofit organization. I loved it there: interacting with donors, writing about projects I believed in, and learning about… Read More…

In my first week at Together for Girls, I learned very quickly that experiencing sexual assault doesn’t make a person a victim, but a survivor; that there’s a difference between coerced and forced sex; that pairing photographed faces of young people next to data on the issue of sexual violence against children is a unanimous… Read More…

DREAMers in Limbo: The Federal Decision to Delay Action on Immigration Reform

January 26, 2015 By Anjali Morgan
Class of 2014-2015

June 15, 2012 was a great day in the United States. President Barack Obama issued a ruling that would grant reprieve to hundreds of thousands of undocumented young adults who came to the U.S. as children. Immigrants were finally able to live and work in the U.S. without the threat of deportation and the possibility… Read More…

The Global Health Web

January 26, 2015 By Maganizo Kruger Nyasulu
Class of 2014-2015

Nearly three month ago I found myself siting on an Adirondack chair on Broadway Triangle. Beauty drew us to this section of town. It was one block from Pierson College, where I along with other global health advocates, were residing. A nice gentle breeze was blowing from Elm Street, carrying with it a tantalizing aroma… Read More…

Happiness Toolkit

January 26, 2015 By Chiara Bercu
Class of 2014-2015

Living and working in Uganda isn’t easy. Picture this: you’re working in a country that has totally different customs, languages and cultures (yes, multiple) from your own. So you’re trying to wrap your head around the incredible diversity around you while picking up words in the various languages you hear. You’re trying to learn when… Read More…

Rethinking Incentives for Midwives

January 23, 2015 By Joan Alupo
Class of 2014-2015

According to The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Report, there is only an estimated 27% met need of the workforce (midwives and physicians) available to provide midwifery services in Uganda. How do we address the unmet need? Incentives! “What are the incentives? Think about the incentives.” These are phrases I have heard so often… Read More…

The Whole Person

January 23, 2015 By Brooke Bachelor
Class of 2014-2015

Through my consistent experiences with patients at the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), a HIV/AIDS care and research facility just outside of Kampala, Uganda, I am reminded of how complex a patient’s experience can be with a chronic illness, especially when it involves pain. The pain of living with HIV is not often a story solely… Read More…

Holistic Health

January 22, 2015 By Ellen Taetzsch
Class of 2014-2015

Global Health Corps is an organization that promotes health equity for all. What does it mean to be well? How does one not contract a disease? Is health just the absence of disease or does it mean more than that? The World Health Organization goes a step further and defines health as “a state of… Read More…

Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

January 22, 2015 By Henry Kakeeto
Class of 2014-2015

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order… Read More…

Hopped off a Plane at KIA

January 22, 2015 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 leisure layover, though, we had 20 minutes to make it halfway through… Read More…

5 Stages (and Secrets) of the Nerve-Wracking GHC Application Process in GIFs

January 21, 2015 By Elisabeth Wilhelm
Class of 2014-2015

The staff at Global Health Corps’ head office in New York reveal their secrets to the five most common issues and questions applicants confront when starting the application (and what was going through my head when I applied). I had all of these doubts and worries and not enough coffee in the world to overcome… Read More…

Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth: Reflections on World Food Day 2014

January 20, 2015 By Meghan Anson
Class of 2014-2015

Cross-posted by Gardens for Health International  This week, food and nutrition advocates around the world are taking action to raise awareness and celebrate global commitments to ending hunger as part of World Food Day 2014. Marking the day that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was founded, this year’s theme on Family Farming highlights the… Read More…

Pieces of a Man

January 20, 2015 By Stephen Hicks
Class of 2013-2014

Music is vital to my sanity, self-care, and overall health. I have zero qualms stating that — it’s common knowledge among my family and friends. Though, I am a die-hard fan of anything related to Wu-Tang Clan, Isaac Hayes, Mobb Deep, and M.O.P, there is one specific musician who stands out. His name is Gil… Read More…

GHC Fellowship Escapade, My Reflection thus far…

January 16, 2015 By Hector Chilimani
Class of 2014-2015

When I was asked about why I joined Global Health Corps, I did not think twice to draw a picture of how the GHC fellowship presented a potential platform for me, an unmatched opportunity for a wonderful year of personal learning and growth, contributing to the efforts of the great community of advocates of social… Read More…

Why We Have to Keep Fighting

January 16, 2015 By Anna Abelson
Class of 2014-2015

Earlier this month, Zambia celebrated their 50th year of independence. It was an incredibly proud moment for the country, and it was an honor to be a part of the celebrations. After successfully keeping peace for 50 years post-colonial rule, the jubilee was an achievement worthy of real pride and joy. Everywhere people spoke about… Read More…

Monitoring is a systematic and continuous collection and analysis of data about the progress of a project or program over time. It involves a continuous process of data gathering and analysis that allows adjustments to be made in the objectives. On the other hand, Evaluation is a systematic periodic collection and analysis of data about… Read More…

What makes me come alive

January 16, 2015 By Jody Sadornas
Class of 2014-2015

“Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman What has surprised me most about being a GHC Fellow is that our fellowship year is not only about gaining traction on health equity, but gaining a deep understanding of self and… Read More…

During one of the first Still Harbor sessions at Global Health Corps’ Training Institute in June of 2014, we were asked to think about our heroes. My mind immediately went to the easy, obvious choices – the type of person who is idolized by many and has had a tremendous impact on society – like… Read More…

Bridging the Gap Between the Data and the Faces

January 15, 2015 By Jen Zhu
Class of 2014-2015

During my first week of work, I became acquainted with our online Verbal Autopsy system: a way of noting how many neonatal (under 5 years) and maternal deaths have occurred; it includes the patients’ case histories and why they died. “See this?” my co-worker pointed to one of the first names in the spreadsheet, “Baby.”… Read More…

Meeting People Where They’re At: Outreach to Reach Out

January 15, 2015 By Meadhbha McAlister Monaghan
Class of 2014-2015

For Magdalena. For Tommy. For Daniel. For Cathal. For all those we have lost along the way and who continue to guide our work. As Global Health Corps Fellows we believe that every person has the right to live a healthy, dignified life. This ‘every’ does not contain a hidden caveat; an asterisk that refers… Read More…

The Five Pillars of a Strong Global Health Brand

January 14, 2015 By Angela McCrone
Class of 2014-2015

If there is one lesson I’ve learned from working at the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University these last few months, it is that the global health field is full of extremely intelligent individuals that are required to maintain expertise in a variety of interdisciplinary skills. GHD’s mission is to build a network… Read More…

Cross-posted on MakingMalariaHistory.org It’s 98 degrees outside and 19 community members have arrayed themselves under a leafy green tree in a part of Gwembe an hour off the tarred road in Southern Province, Zambia. Some have traveled for hours—some setting off as early as 4 a.m.—to attend this important meeting convened by the representative of… Read More…

Unique Opportunities through Collaboration

January 13, 2015 By Thomas Good
Class of 2014-2015

One of the most valuable parts of this fellowship year is the opportunity for collaboration, both personally and professional. Every day I work side by side with my colleagues at Last Mile Health, including my wonderful co-fellow who I share this experience with. In my workplace I collaborate with other amazing nonprofits that share our… Read More…

Birthday Party and the Take-Home Question

January 13, 2015 By Moses Mushime
Class of 2014-2015

On Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 around 4:00 pm Kampala time, nearly 100 people who are passionate about global health met at Fairway hotel, Kampala to celebrate Global Health Corps’ (GHC) fifth birth day. This was one of a series of events, commemorating GHC’s fifth year of existence, which began on November 16th – in the USA, Zambia,… Read More…

Do You Measure Up? The Answer is Yes

January 13, 2015 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

Written by Jonathan Doucette, GHC Alum ’13 You’ve checked the GHC website for the third time today, despite the resolution you made to yourself to restrain from pressing that looming “refresh button” mocking you in the top left-hand corner of your browser. Your eyes are glossed over and itchy. Surely you must’ve missed something: a necessary requirement you… Read More…

Healing Architecture

January 12, 2015 By Jean Paul Uzabakiriho
Class of 2014-2015

This picture is from the presentation I attended at IMB/MOH focused on the new construction project in Butaro, Burera, Rwanda (Butaro Doctors’ Housing Sharehouse BDHS). Two questions were asked during the presentation:  What Architecture Do You Need When Health Is a Human Right? What Architecture Do We Need In The Movement Towards Health As a Human Right? Architecture… Read More…

Can Novels Save Lives? When Health, Development and Stories Collide

January 12, 2015 By Elisabeth Wilhelm
Class of 2014-2015

Coney Island freak shows, Belle Époque Egypt and Maori tattoo parlors in Victorian Sydney were all featured in my thesis project at Pratt Institute for my undergraduate writing degree. As a writer living in Brooklyn, I thought I’d write the Great German-American novel before I graduated. But writing a terrible novel at age 21 didn’t… Read More…

Coming to America – Things I Wouldn’t Want You to Know

January 8, 2015 By Gerry MUJYAMBERE
Class of 2014-2015

I was filled with joy, excitement and hesitation because I did not really know what to do, how to behave, and what to expect. I will tell you about some of the funny and awkward moments of my trip. You can laugh or feel sorry for me but this experience was one of the happiest… Read More…

Achieving Operational Excellence in Malawi’s Health Sector

January 8, 2015 By Joe Shapiro
Class of 2014-2015

  As a fellow at Imperial Health Sciences (IHS), a pharmaceutical logistics organization, I have been exposed to the supply chain process for warehousing and distribution. Malawi faces significant economic challenges as it is largely dependent on donor supply, which contributes to the ongoing stock-outs of essential medicines. IHS strives for each step of the… Read More…

From Without to Within: Local Solutions for Ending AIDS by 2030

January 7, 2015 By Jerome Owagage Mpaata
Class of 2014-2015

There is bad aid and there is good aid. The bad aid is that one which creates dependencies, but good aid is that which is targeted to create capacities in people so that they are able to live on their own activities – Paul Kagame It has been a short three months. GHC-wise, I have… Read More…

Stage fright, anyone?

January 7, 2015 By Tilinao Thyangathyanga
Class of 2014-2015

The prospect of writing a blog is daunting. Blogs are for opinionated people. If I am going to blog, I would like to have something worthwhile to say. I, for one, find it annoying to come away from reading a piece of writing, feeling like I have just wasted seven and a half precious minutes… Read More…

To Them We Can Not Answer Tomorrow

January 6, 2015 By Isaac Rwigema
Class of 2014-2015

After attending a campaign that was conducted by Gardens for Health International (GHI) to enroll women in the program, women were informed by local leaders to bring their children under the age of 5 to come to the nearest local authority office called “akagari.” We were supposed to start measuring the weight and the height… Read More…

Finding the Brightspots

January 6, 2015 By Rebecca Gifford
Class of 2014-2015

As we round out the first quarter of our fellowship year I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the last few months, both through guided discussion and internal “soul searching”. A consistent theme in all of our GHC sessions is this idea of finding the “bright spots”, or latching ourselves to things… Read More…

The Fight Against NCDs Could Benefit from an Integrated Approach

January 5, 2015 By Richard Kagimu
Class of 2014-2015

A patient walks into a general hospital on Monday for his/her hypertension review, spends close to an hour in the waiting area, has his file retrieved, is seen by a triage nurse and then proceeds to see a doctor  after waiting for about an hour in the queue. After the consultation by a clinician/physician, proceeds… Read More…

Hidden Hunger in a Theoretical Land of Plenty

January 5, 2015 By Hanneke Van Dyke
Class of 2014-2015

Eat a balanced diet! Growing up, and indeed, well into adolescence and adulthood, this has been a message I’ve heard from a number of angles (my mother, cartoon characters, and official guidelines, to name but a few). While great advice, theoretically, it can be hard, practically, to know exactly what this means. Even harder still… Read More…

Living In a Messy House

January 2, 2015 By Bryan Tumusiime
Class of 2014-2015

Did I know that I could attain a GHC placement? No. Did I think I deserved it? No. Did I feel discontent about my village, my town, my city, my country, my Africa and my world? Yes. Who was I? How did I count? How did I mean something to the world and how could… Read More…

What does it take: From a village to a leader

January 2, 2015 By Aime Nshizirungu
Class of 2014-2015

“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly, I’ll do what it takes, until I touch the sky, I’ll make a wish, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway” To some people this song by Kelly Clarkson is just a song, maybe because of its nice melody and the voice of the… Read More…

Who is your Why?

January 2, 2015 By Kristy Law
Class of 2014-2015

During our two weeks of GHC training at Yale, one of the sessions which was particularly compelling for me was called ‘Considering Collective Action’ during which we watched a TED talk by Simon Sinek about “How great leaders inspire action.” You can watch it here. There are many great points to take home, however the… Read More…

My First 90 days in the USA: Acclimating to an American life

December 27, 2014 By Olivier Dusabimana
Class of 2014-2015

I remember it like it was yesterday, June 27, 2014 – my friends and family, in mass, showed up at Bujumbura International Airport to kiss me goodbye. I was going to the United States – “The Promised Land”, as most of my friends would call it – to serve as a Global Health Corps (GHC)… Read More…

Place Matters: The Role of Community in Health Outcomes

December 27, 2014 By Laura Cheng
Class of 2014-2015

What runs through your mind as you sit in your doctor’s office, waiting to be called? You’re likely wondering about the long wait or hoping to get to the bottom of the aches and pains you’ve been having all week. Or maybe you’re worried about your last visit’s test results. Either way, your zip code… Read More…

Making Changes for the Fishing Communities in Uganda

December 26, 2014 By Heather Zimmerman
Class of 2014-2015

Ask a resident on Serinyabi or Kaaza islands when they last went to a health center and you may be surprised. The fishing communities that reside on these islands are separated from the nearest health facility by an hour long boat ride. The cost and unreliability of public boat transportation make accessing a health facility… Read More…

Learning to Look Both Ways

December 26, 2014 By Megan Harrison
Class of 2014-2015

Despite being one of the least motorized regions in the world, Africa bears the highest burden of road traffic fatalities. Working in Rwanda for the past three months as a Global Health Corps Fellow, numerous colleagues have shared distressing stories of family members and acquaintances killed in accidents. For people living in Rwanda traffic accidents… Read More…

Why I Fell In Love With Research

December 25, 2014 By Albertina Mwiche Ngomah Moraes
Class of 2014-2015

I must admit, I was not always a fan of research. At some point, I actually bought into the myth that it was one of the most boring aspects of science. Today I am glad to say that that is no longer my view. From my own research as a public health student as well… Read More…

Monitoring Media: Critical Ebola Questions We’re Not Asking

December 25, 2014 By Aanjalie Collure
Class of 2014-2015

Over the past few months, I have been closely monitoring international media coverage surrounding the unfolding Ebola epidemic in West Africa as part of my role as the Communications Fellow at IntraHealth International. Somewhere in-between scattered piles of newspaper clippings, blaring audio reports, and confusing proxy manipulations to get by New York Times’ free trial… Read More…

Global Health Work in Africa: a Passion or a Calling?

December 24, 2014 By Nicole Maddox
Class of 2014-2015

Development work in Africa for many is a calling to help people met by a commitment to provide solutions for poverty-related issues. For some, their work in Africa is in response to a call or request to provide special expertise in an area of desperate need. For me, it was a glorious fight for a… Read More…

The Intersection of Health and Public Transport in Uganda

December 24, 2014 By James Kaggwa
Class of 2014-2015

Looking at my worn-out shoes reveals how much I have traveled within Uganda over the past few months. But moving on road from place to place in this beautiful country is no ordinary experience you could just pass your eyes over; from vehicles weaving through potholed roads to starting random conversations with strangers especially when… Read More…

The “Unveiled” Social Determinants of Health for Mothers

December 23, 2014 By Violette Nalutaaya
Class of 2014-2015

Mama Aisha (not her real name), the first wife in a polygamous marriage, goes to the garden every morning from 6:00am until 11:00am, when she comes home to prepare lunch. In the afternoon she goes to a tailoring class and mid-week she finds time to go to the village bank. In the evenings Mama Aisha… Read More…

Why I Choose To Educate

December 23, 2014 By Esther Anyimo
Class of 2014-2015

In as much as I agree with the fact that health care systems contribute a great deal to the achievement of good health, I do not subscribe to initiatives that focus on treatment other than prevention of poor health outcomes. Peoples’ opportunities for health are strongly influenced by the social and economic conditions in which… Read More…

Why the Ebola outbreak encourages me

December 22, 2014 By Sarah Snidal
Class of 2014-2015

During my first quarter as a Global Health Corps fellow, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has taken the conversation by storm all over the world. Because of this discussion, I believe it is the first time that my Facebook feed has become as intrigued by the topic of global health as I am. From… Read More…

Finding Freedom for Adolescents

December 22, 2014 By Mubuka Longwe
Class of 2014-2015

In less than two months Zambia will host the ARSH 2014 Adolescents symposium with the theme ‘A Time to Act’. The coming of this event got me thinking about a story I was documenting concerning an HIV positive youth. The youth was born HIV positive and hence had to live with the stigma associated with… Read More…

From Marketing to Public Health

December 19, 2014 By Mphatso Bokosi
Class of 2014-2015

People always ask me how someone with a Marketing degree ended up into Public Health, and I say its by the grace of God. A year before graduating with my degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln I sat and thought about what I was going to do after graduation. After being in the… Read More…

Malawi On Track

December 19, 2014 By Irene Umba Zalira
Class of 2014-2015

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is drawing closer, countries are working to prepare national reports that highlight their achievements and substantiate their failures. Malawi is on track to achieve MDG 5, which aims to reduce maternal mortality rate. Malawi, like many other low income countries in Africa, has a high rate… Read More…

How Much is a Picture Worth?

December 18, 2014 By Elizabeth Haffa
Class of 2014-2015

My second day on the job at FVS-AMADE Burundi I was invited to observe a huge network meeting for the leaders of the organization’s solidarity groups. As a communications and fundraising fellow, I knew that this was a great opportunity to take pictures of our beneficiaries in action. Camera in hand, I couldn’t help but… Read More…

Advocacy in the Time of Ebola

December 18, 2014 By Ramatoulie Jallow
Class of 2014-2015

The threat of Ebola is real and spiraling out of control. The death toll and rates of infection are taking the lives of many, both young and old – the lives of people who could very well be strangers, but who were also our neighbors, neighbors who were our friends, friends who were loved ones,… Read More…

Development by the People, for the People, with the People

December 17, 2014 By Mervin Mchenga
Class of 2014-2015

So many times development has been imposed on people. Development policies and projects have been decided and designed in boardrooms in far away countries by professionals that neither understand the people nor their circumstances. They do not speak their languages, neither are they affected by their problems, nor have they, in their entire lives, even… Read More…

The Importance of Meta Monitoring

December 17, 2014 By Alex Bozzette
Class of 2014-2015

“She can’t write, so we skipped the signature. That’s OK, right?” Wrong. When you’re interviewing a patient and navigating the complex world of rural informed consent: very, very wrong. As a project coordinator with Population Media Center in Burundi, one of my most rewarding experiences so far this year was had over the course of… Read More…

Elbow Grease to Make Millions

December 16, 2014 By Joanna Nganda
Class of 2014-2015

I remember my Global Health Corps’ training at Yale University; I remember my excitement to finally be able to combine humanitarian work, global health and writing. And I remember, also, the many times I waited for my uncle to pick me up from school; I was fifteen and across the street, facing the bus stop,… Read More…

The Dancing Cog

December 15, 2014 By Sruthi Chandrasekaran
Class of 2014-2015

I think of myself as a small cog in the machine in the world of global health. But sometimes, especially when the complacency of being but a speck in the ocean settles in, the dire need of the work you do hits you and you are overwhelmed by how little, yet how much you can… Read More…

Willie Williams and The Path Out of Poverty

December 15, 2014 By David Burt
Class of 2014-2015

I had just attended my organization’s annual ‘day of service’, one day during the year when everyone from the Single Stop USA New York office volunteers at a partner site to offer their time and service in whichever way is most productive. I was placed in a food pantry about 10 blocks from where I… Read More…

Building community: One Air Mattress at a Time

December 11, 2014 By Mia Stange
Class of 2014-2015

In our orientation training for Global Health Corps, many speakers presented us with analogies or metaphors for how to view the fellowship year. For some, it was a ladder: a series of rungs to climb up, each step taking you further than the one before it. For others, it was a web: a constantly-expanding network… Read More…

Adjusting to Eating for Two

December 11, 2014 By Petera Reine
Class of 2014-2015

Never, would I have pictured myself eating for two after 3 months of living in Rwanda. Currently, I am writing this post from the twin-sized bed nestled in an average dorm-sized room. With the onset of rainy season, we have seen rain approximately half the week; today is one of those rainy days. I am… Read More…

Ebola and Fear

December 9, 2014 By Sudip Bhandari
Class of 2014-2015

On the way back home from the GHC quarterly retreat in Virginia, a stranger on the subway tried to strike a conversation with the Boston fellows. He was curious about where we were from, what we did, etc. When he learned that we work with organizations at the frontlines of Global/Public Health, he immediately commented… Read More…

Chikungunya: An Emerging Disease in The Americas

December 9, 2014 By Ralfh Moreno-Garcia
Class of 2014-2015

Given the major Ebola outbreak in West Africa, some governments throughout the world seem to be teetering on hysteria. In some cities of the United States, for example, schools have put teachers on leave and barred children from West Africa to enroll unless they show a health certificate, and parents have pulled their children from… Read More…

How to Choose the Fellowship That is Right for You

December 9, 2014 By Nchimunya Musabi
Class of 2014-2015

Of the important decisions we have to make in life, career development calls for critical thinking. One thing that all fellowship applicants or job seekers must remember is that getting a job offer is one thing. Deciding if the job is right for you is another. Choosing the wrong job or wrong company will certainly… Read More…

Social Innovation for Global Change – ‘The Next Mile Project’

December 8, 2014 By Kupakwashe Mukumbi
Class of 2014-2015

Throughout my education and previous work experience I had limited exposure to the concept of social innovation or social entrepreneurship. The Centre for Social Innovation defines social innovation as “the creation, development, adoption, and integration of new concepts and practices that put people and the planet first”. The Next Mile Project (NMP) is a shining… Read More…

Bursting Bubbles: Musings of a Sector Switcher

December 5, 2014 By Andrea Ulrich
Class of 2014-2015

“It’s rare, you know, to have people like you! Sector Switchers!” I nodded appreciatively at my smiling coworker, despite that being the first time I had heard the phrase. Sector switcher? It sounds kind of fun, I thought. Like a name for a spy. “Agent Sector Switcher.” Sadly, I am not a spy (though I do… Read More…

Power, Privilege, and HIV/AIDS: A Call for Renewed Activism on World AIDS Day 2014

December 1, 2014 By Yvette Efevbera
Class of 2011-2012

  Last week, after a screening of David France’s “How to Survive a Plague” for 200 Harvard College students followed by a panel of AIDS activists — I found myself among the angriest I’ve been since starting my doctorate. I was angry that in this session for “Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives,” a course that… Read More…

Consensus at the Ministry: An Invisible Win

November 20, 2014 By Natasha Mbabazi
Class of 2014-2015

What is Malawi’s way forward? What are we going to decide as a nation? These are the questions that when answered I’ve come to call “invisible wins.” As a Global Health Corps Fellow at Malawi’s Ministry of Health, I participate in meetings where these questions are posed to Ministry staff and development partners ranging from… Read More…

The Superwoman of the Mukuni Health Center

November 18, 2014 By Robyn London
Class of 2014-2015

Just a short 20 minute ride east of the bustling tourist town of Livingstone lies a royal village called Mukuni. There is still an acting chief of the tribe, whom you can visit for a price, as he sits on a stump of an elephant’s leg that doubles as his chair. Another touted tourist adventure… Read More…

I Was Here: Reflections on Gentrification and Community Health in Washington, D.C.

November 13, 2014 By Charlotte Sawyer
Class of 2014-2015

In early October, the Washington City Paper published an article entitled, “Developer Pitches a Private Version of New Communities in Brentwood,” about a set of urban renewal plans targeted at the Brentwood Shopping Center and Brookland Manor housing complex in Washington D.C.’s Northeast quadrant. The article makes a comparison between the strip mall’s exterior, described… Read More…