Does health system reform in the US also require reform outside of health care?

April 27, 2015 By Ralfh Moreno-Garcia
Class of 2014-2015

Nearly two years ago, I attended a forum about the United States’ health reform at the University of Tokyo. Among the participants were American public health officials, professors and medical students. We were discussing the reasons why the United States’ health system is much more expensive than in other countries. For instance, among all OECD… Read More…

Lessons in “direct service”

April 27, 2015 By Tilinao Thyangathyanga
Class of 2014-2015

I woke up the other day and realized that I am halfway through my fellowship, and I couldn’t help but be amazed. Time really does fly when you’re having fun! Yes, I said the “F” word – fun – so rarely associated with work! Even though I have had some experience in working as a… Read More…

Snowy Times

April 24, 2015 By Thomas Good
Class of 2014-2015

Leading up to the middle of January it seemed like everyone, myself included, was talking about how mild the winter was. And for the most part, it had been. But that changed drastically with the onset of three consecutive massive snowstorms that dumped 80 inches of snow on Boston. There’s something about waking up and… Read More…

Stopping the Measles Outbreak

April 24, 2015 By Sudip Bhandari
Class of 2014-2015

In January 2015, when news about Ebola in West Africa had largely declined in the US popular press, reports of another infectious disease outbreak started making headlines. “Measles hits Disneyland: 9 Cases Linked to Theme Park ” read the popular online magazine, Live Science on January 7, 2015. Since then, the disease has spread to… Read More…

My Global Health Corps Experience

April 24, 2015 By Kupakwashe Mukumbi
Class of 2014-2015

When I came across the Global Health Corps website, I was excited that an organization that I shared similar values and passions with existed. Immediately I knew I wanted to be a part of this great community. And I embarked on the journey that I have been on for the past six months. My GHC… Read More…

Constructing narratives: What brought you to the fight?

April 21, 2015 By Carina Ahuja
Class of 2014-2015

“Es chocante,” it’s shocking, said Dr. Acosta, a pediatrician working at San Benito Youth Clinic in Petén, Guatemala. In particular, Dr. Acosta is speaking of her work with teenage mothers. As she states, these young girls find themselves in circumstances in which they must assume the role of caregiver and wife. Detailed in a recent… Read More…

The U.S. Global Health Policy Agenda: Where Are We Headed?

April 21, 2015 By Anjali Morgan
Class of 2014-2015

For more than a century, the United States has supported health initiatives oversees as an element of its foreign aid and international development assistance portfolio. It also remains the largest funder and implementer of global health programs worldwide.[1] America’s long track record of foreign aid provisions (PEPFAR, the Global Fund) highlights the country’s leadership in… Read More…

As a Malaria Control Program Officer and a Global Health Corps Fellow at PATH in Zambia, I conduct entomological surveillance of mosquito species. This has earned me the nicknames “Mosquito Chaser,” “Mosquito Hunter” and (the most hilarious) “Mosquito Whisperer” from my co-fellow Lis. But what exactly is entomology? Hence, what is entomological surveillance? What data… Read More…

Why I am passionate about my work

April 21, 2015 By Noel Fleury Ndayizeye
Class of 2014-2015

September 28, 2014 was my first training workshop facilitation since I started my Global Health Corps fellowship. I had been preparing for two months for this moment, and was nervous as I looked out into the crowd of faces before me, many of whom were much older than me. I had been tasked with training… Read More…

Gender Based Violence & Sports: A Critical Examination

April 21, 2015 By Rodrigo Stein
Class of 2014-2015

One of the most important lessons I have learned in the first half of my fellowship year is to own your personal narrative. A big part of defining your personal narrative revolves around identifying those things that excite you and that you are passionate about. For me that passion is soccer—or more appropriately football/futbol! It… Read More…

Zambian Chief Tells of How His Chiefdom Attained ODF Status in a Single year

April 17, 2015 By Maswabi Precious Matantilo
Class of 2014-2015

Chief Mukobela is one of the first chiefs to attain open defecation free status (ODF) for his chiefdom in Zambia. Having attained ODF status in 2013 after the community led total sanitation program (CLTS) was introduced in 2012, His Royal Highness has gone further and has begun working on a sustainable approach to maintain adequate… Read More…

Co-Authored by James Kaggwa & Rebecca Calderara 2014 – 2015 Co-fellows at Spark Microgrants                                                       As GHC Fellows at Spark Microgrants, we are working with five remote communities in… Read More…

The [neuro]science of operations management

April 15, 2015 By Lauren Hasek
Class of 2014-2015

When typing an email, we expect with a great deal of certainty that our thoughts will translate to words on the screen through the movement of our fingers across a keyboard. The pressing of a finger on a key is the output of a highly efficient process whose origins can be traced through the body… Read More…

I’ve spent the past two months working on openFn, a non-profit, open-source project that aspires to eventually allow social-impact organizations to incorporate new information technology solutions as effortlessly as you add apps to a smartphone. The project builds on something I, and so many other fellows, learned during the Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship. Information… Read More…

At the age of 13, I learned the hard way that there are times when silence becomes a piercing scream. When my grandmother was diagnosed with leukemia, the silence was deafening. Over a decade later, I still recall her sense of defeat as she painfully transformed from a strong woman, full of wisdom to solve… Read More…

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Brooke (my supervisor) and I visited Celementina, a traditional birthing attendant who has a longstanding relationship with the S.O.U.L Foundation. She delivers babies at her birthing center in Buwenda, a village about a 20 minute walk from Kyabirwa village, where the S.O.U.L Foundation is located. Devin (my co-fellow) and I… Read More…

Beer: A Silent Determinant of Health

April 10, 2015 By Eugene Hitimana
Class of 2014-2015

What is the power of beer on health? Since my youth, I have been drinking traditionally brewed beers and was told that if I wanted to become a strong and respected man I would do so. This included drinking both the sorghum and banana beer that my parents would brew at home. As time went… Read More…

Non Communicable Diseases – A Silent Killer

April 10, 2015 By Nicholas Lwanga
Class of 2014-2015

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent 46% of the global burden of disease and cause 63% of all deaths in the world, equal to 36 million people per year. Annually nine million people die prematurely before the age of 60 as a result of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). People from developing… Read More…

Change must be pursued: An invitation to the process

April 9, 2015 By Hector Chilimani
Class of 2014-2015

I invite you to join the discussion on change. “If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.” – John A. Simone, Sr. As broad and as wide as it sounds, we can still effectively discuss this everyday experience. Change is change. I am… Read More…

Striving to be better: Global food loss and waste

April 7, 2015 By Hanneke Van Dyke
Class of 2014-2015

It’s estimated that by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion, and there has been a lot of talk about how all of those people are going to manage to feed themselves. It’s a daunting prospect, to be sure, especially when we consider that approximately 805 million people around the globe already face chronic… Read More…

Storytelling for Change

April 6, 2015 By Ramatoulie Jallow
Class of 2014-2015

Globally, there are many societies still holding on to laws that are implemented abusively towards women. Although advocates of women’s rights generally combat this through persecution, women continue to face discrimination due to traditional beliefs and practices. Every February, since it launched on Valentine’s Day in 2012, the One Billion Rising campaign brings together people… Read More…

What they don’t tell you about being a GHC fellow

April 6, 2015 By Albertina Mwiche Ngomah Moraes
Class of 2014-2015

I always dreamed of working in health and the Global Health Corps fellowship was the perfect starting point. I can’t even begin to describe the joy I felt when I found out I had been selected for the 2014-2015 class. What I didn’t realize at the time was just how much more there was to… Read More…

Understanding Uganda’s MDG Progress

April 6, 2015 By Sam Agona
Class of 2014-2015

2015 may be just another calendar year, or maybe not, as it marks the final year for the implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015. The implementation years for the MDGs were 1990 to 2015. It is also a year away from 2016 – when Uganda holds its next general elections. I would like to… Read More…

Throw Back to Uganda 1991

April 2, 2015 By Orrin Tiberi
Class of 2014-2015

The HIV incidence in Uganda is on the rise. According to the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the prevalence of HIV has increased from 6.4% in 2005 to 7.3% as of September of last year. As seen in many other countries around the world, the young and single cohort is not the only segment driving the… Read More…

Wonderful Moments: Christmas Holidays and the Mid-Year Retreat

April 1, 2015 By Willy Ingabire
Class of 2014-2015

Christmas party Before Christmas, Partners In Health (PIH)/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) organized a Christmas party for their staff. We gathered together at Lemigo, a 4 star Hotel in Kimihurura in Kigali, to reflect on and celebrate our work-related achievements for the year, in addition to enjoying each other’s company. The party’s dress code was black,… Read More…

Around My Neighborhood

April 1, 2015 By Brooke Bachelor
Class of 2014-2015

Before arriving in Uganda, I wondered what daily life was like for fellows in their various placement sites and communities. Specifically, what would life be like in my little neighborhood of Sseguku, just nine kilometers outside of Kampala? My living situation is unique in that I am very immersed in Ugandan culture as the only… Read More…

Women’s empowerment: The key to social and economic development

March 31, 2015 By Julius Kirya
Class of 2014-2015

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women – Kofi Annan Centuries ago such topical discussions weren’t publicly viable as individual’s perceptions were highly perverted and mutually exclusive of today’s situational analysis. Many families, societies and nations at large have failed to embrace the contribution of women towards development. Economies… Read More…

#health2me – The Unconventional Definition of Health

March 31, 2015 By Chad Noble-Tabiolo
Class of 2014-2015

In 1946, it was revolutionary when the World Health Organization declared health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” No longer was health an independent ideology, coming from conventional thinking of health as “sick or not sick,” but instead, a novel view of… Read More…

Tackling research myths within health focused non-profits

March 31, 2015 By Chenyue Zhao
Class of 2014-2015

As a public health researcher striving to make a real change, I’ve been learning invaluable lessons from working in the non-profit sector. Research outcomes may be too technical to make a direct impact on a population, however non-profit programs also may not be as straightforward as they seem. To understand the mechanisms and processes of… Read More…

The Important Role Fathers Can Play in Eliminating Pediatric AIDS

March 31, 2015 By Julie Karfakis
Class of 2014-2015

Cross-Posted on The Huffington Post  Throughout sub-Saharan Africa there is considerable evidence that a male partner’s involvement in a woman’s pregnancy and HIV treatment can help her stay in treatment and have a healthy, HIV-free baby. I first learned the importance of male involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV from a… Read More…

All Social Justice Matters

March 30, 2015 By Natasha Mbabazi
Class of 2014-2015

It’s not always easy for those dedicated to social justice and public service to pick and choose which causes to fight for and what populations to serve. There are issues area that we feel personally drawn to because of personal experiences or expertise areas. To believe we can extinguish every corner of the world that… Read More…

Cyprien, Living Proof that Hope Still Exists

March 25, 2015 By Caroline Numuhire
Class of 2014-2015

The first time that I saw him, my heart skipped a beat. I was in shock. I kept quiet. I searched my colleagues’ eyes, but they had seen worse cases; their eyes had gotten used to it. The first time I met him was during enrollment day on the 15th of January 2014. It was… Read More…

Ubuntu at Global Health Corps

March 24, 2015 By Henry Kakeeto
Class of 2014-2015

I thought it was just a story or a theory that one American fellow is paired with a local fellow during the GHC fellowship year. It really sounded like a myth, but it turned out to be true when we all met at Yale University for training. Meeting at Yale was a once-in-a-lifetime experience of… Read More…

All The Pieces Matter

March 24, 2015 By Charlotte Sawyer
Class of 2014-2015

This past holiday season, something amazing happened. HBO released a remastered version of its stellar show The Wire. IN HD. If you haven’t watched The Wire, I strongly encourage you to stop whatever it is you’re doing, set aside this blog post, and start binging posthaste. It’s been a genuine pleasure for me to revisit… Read More…

What Carrie Bradshaw Can Teach You About Your Role in Global Health

March 20, 2015 By Lisa Shawcroft
Class of 2014-2015

Most women my age (if I said 25 would you believe me?) remember the Carrie-Mr. Big saga fondly: the she-loves-him-he-loves-her-he-marries-Natasha-etc-etc back and forth that tormented us until Sex and the City went off the air in 2004. Hidden between Carrie’s sometimes painful puns and Samantha’s sexploits were nuggets of wisdom that teenage girls like me… Read More…

“Change” in Newark is a Loaded Word

March 20, 2015 By Jessica Zhang
Class of 2014-2015

I came to Newark with many people telling me I shouldn’t. An acquaintance I barely knew, upon hearing that I had gotten a job offer in Newark (that I was clearly excited about), replied with a loud “PLEASE don’t go to Newark,” as if it would personally offend him. Even before I accepted my Global… Read More…

The Journey to Becoming a Great Leader

March 18, 2015 By Pamela Bakkabulindi
Class of 2014-2015

One of my great achievements has been joining a global movement which is fighting for health equity at Global Health Corps (GHC). I have been inspired by the GHC approach of producing great leaders that are committed to social justice, that collaborate, those that inspire and mobilize others, those that are innovative, result oriented and… Read More…

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…


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 Databases 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 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…