Tackling Mental Health Issues from the Ground Up

July 24, 2015 By So Yoon Sim
Class of 2014-2015

This is a post by So Yoon Sim, 2014-2015 Research and Policy Fellow at Grameen PrimaCare in New York City. According to National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults in the United States—approximately 61.5 million Americans—experience mental illness, and one in 17—about 13.6 million—live with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression… Read More…

If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, What’s a Selfie Worth?

July 22, 2015 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

This is a co-authored post by Lisa Shawcroft and Sruthi Chandrasekaran, 2014-2015 co-fellows at Marie Stopes International in Washington, D.C. Global Health Corps is a fellowship program that aims to create the next generation of global health leaders. The program model pairs two fellows—one national and one international—within a placement organization and gives them tools… Read More…

My Thoughts on Obstetric Fistula

July 16, 2015 By Dorothy Mkwezalamba
Class of 2014-2015

I once read somewhere that obstetric fistula was eliminated in the United States of America in the early 20th century. Now this is the 21st century and obstetric fistula continues to be a problem in many African countries including Malawi. Firstly let me tell you all what obstetric fistula is. This condition is regarded as… Read More…

Malawi, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. However, the country has seen a notable decline of deaths resulting from complications during childbirth. Leadership at the district levels and political will of government leaders was key, along with educating communities on family planning, maternal… Read More…

An American’s CRASH Course in the Malawian Healthcare System

July 9, 2015 By Chad Noble-Tabiolo
Class of 2014-2015

12 June 2015. It was 9:00am and I sat there exhausted in the lobby of Beit Cure International (BCI) Hospital – supposedly one of the best hospitals in Malawi. I arrived late the previous night after traveling five hours on a pot-holed and accident-ridden highway from Lilongwe, the capital city to Blantyre. This trip was an… Read More…

“Why Don’t Men Menstruate?” Sexual Health Education as a Human Right

July 9, 2015 By Melissa Otterbein
Class of 2014-2015

As Global Health Corps fellows, we believe health is a human right. Coming into GHC, I certainly believed this, but also felt as though calling something a “human right” has become a “sexy” buzzword trend. Sometimes the word seems so quotidian that almost everything is becoming valued as a human right. I share an office,… Read More…

The Gender based violence monster in our nation!!!

July 6, 2015 By Mubuka Longwe
Class of 2014-2015

June 4th 2012, 9: 40 PM: Thursday night the phone rings, a voice answers ‘Hello this is 990   how can I help you’ ‘Please help me I can’t do this anymore he did it again please please help me he’ll kill me if I don’t get out of this’ The voice spells desperation a cry… Read More…

MDGs vs SDGs — a first basic impression

July 6, 2015 By Axel Managure
Class of 2014-2015

While in a discussion with other fellows within one of the GHC retreats, I thought about the first impression people had on the similarities or the differences between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here is my first impression and my thoughts about it: The SDGs framework is becoming more… Read More…

The Lost Earring

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

The lights from the buildings scattered up and down the street illuminated my path. Kigali is known to be a fairly safe city, with armed security and soldiers at various intersections. It can be a bit nerve racking seeing a shadow emerge with a gun, but at the same time it allows one to feel… Read More…

The Doctor Will Not See You Now

July 6, 2015 By Mateo Williamson
Class of 2014-2015

This year I have been working as a health counselor in Newark, New Jersey at Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth ages 18-21. One of my main roles is to assist our youth in accessing healthcare resources in the community. Since many of the young people who stay with us have not seen a… Read More…

Second lives south of the Sahara

July 3, 2015 By Lauren Hasek
Class of 2014-2015

After 24 hours of travel in various modes of transport – some more spacious and pleasant smelling than others – I reached the northern-most border of Malawi. The minibus came to an abrupt stop and its contents, animate and inanimate, tumbled out. I followed the crowd away from the depot and past rows of informal… Read More…

My Experience Working with ACODEV-Uganda in Addressing Education and Vocational Challenges

June 25, 2015 By Peter Wampaalu Balyawula
Class of 2013-2014

Uganda, a land-locked country in sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the countries where youth graduating from schools and universities find it very difficult to get jobs. According to a recent report by Action Aid International Uganda, Uganda National NGO Forum and Development Research and Training, 62 percent of Ugandan youth do not have any form… Read More…

A Parent’s Role in Delivering Sex Education to his/her Adoloscents

June 25, 2015 By Peter Wampaalu Balyawula
Class of 2013-2014

According to UNESCO’s “International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education,” sexuality education can provide “age-appropriate, culturally relevant and scientifically accurate information” to young people. It also helps dispel myths related to sexual and reproductive health. Exposure to sex education also assists youth in developing life skills such as decision-making, confidence, assertiveness, responsibility, asking for assistance and… Read More…

Colombia legislators have recently voted in favor the “Rosa Elvira Cely” Law, which seeks to increase the penalties for crimes against women in my country. The bill proposal came as a struggle for justice from civil society organizations after the brutal rape and murder of Rosa Elvira Cely, a night school student, in one of… Read More…

Uganda isn’t the only country criminalizing HIV

June 24, 2015 By Kimberly Hanson
Class of 2014-2015

During our GHC training, we discussed the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act 2014, which criminalizes transmission of HIV in Uganda. A colleague at our HIV/AIDS NGO told me that a group from our organization and other NGOs had lobbied the government to not sign the bill into law, fearing that its passing would… Read More…

How My Career Became My Calling or, How My Co-Fellow Changed My Life.

June 23, 2015 By Anna Abelson
Class of 2014-2015

In David Brooks’ recent New York Times column, he writes about selfless love: “That kind of love decenters the self. It reminds you that your true riches are in another. Most of all, this love electrifies. It puts you in a state of need and makes it delightful to serve what you love.” When I… Read More…

As this is my first time blogging, I seriously did not know what to blog about or how to go about it. I was so nervous a few days ago when I realized that I had only a few days left until I was to submit my first blog. One night as I was trying… Read More…

A Hard-Won Battle for Hungry Students

June 19, 2015 By Elizabeth Agi
Class of 2013-2014

One of my first assignments when I started my fellowship almost a year ago was attend a meeting of the Lunch 4 Learning campaign. Still in its infancy back then, one of the departing GHC fellows at Single Stop literally handed me a folder and said “We’ve done some of the background research for this…. Read More…

Seven Crucial Steps to Stay Focused in the Fellowship Year: My Personal Narrative

June 19, 2015 By Hector Chilimani
Class of 2014-2015

Amidst one check-in conversation with my Global Health Corps (GHC) advisor, Paul Ellingstad, he remarked; ‘Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted’. He was reacting to my expressed worries in figuring out what to count as fellowship accomplishments instead of looking at what could be listed as… Read More…

Success of a Mentor Mother Equals Success of the Greater Community

June 19, 2015 By Julie Karfakis
Class of 2014-2015

Cross-Posted on The Huffington Post When Bessie Nkhwazi, the mothers2mothers (m2m) Malawi District Manager for Thyolo District, told me that Thekerani Health Centre was, “very far away,” I did not think much of it. I have visited plenty of health facilities labeled “very far” during my time as a Global Health Corps Fellow in Malawi,… Read More…

Burundi Slides Backwards, PMC-Burundi Moves Forward

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

BURLINGTON, VERMONT — By GDP per capita, among 193 United Nations members, Burundi is the second poorest country on the planet (1). It is small, about the size of Maryland or two-thirds the size of Switzerland. And it is landlocked, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika sharing borders with Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic… Read More…

Career Shifting

June 16, 2015 By Aime Nshizirungu
Class of 2014-2015

Being a Global Health Corps fellow does not require you to have come from a health background or have these huge experiences, but rather your passion and your commitment towards achieving your dream to fight for social justice. You can come from math, physics, history or any other background and still be able to shift… Read More…

Until No Child has AIDS

June 11, 2015 By Namuyamba Muyunda
Class of 2014-2015

HIV/ AIDS is still a challenge which the government of Zambia, with collaborated efforts, is trying to fight. Issues of stigma towards people that are infected with the virus has slightly gown down due to increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the acceptance that being HIV positive is not a death sentence. Child development can be… Read More…

Research in Global Health

June 9, 2015 By Willy Ingabire
Class of 2014-2015

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.” Said Dr. Paul Farmer, the co-founder of a Boston based Partners In Health (PIH). Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), Rwandan sister organization to PIH, operates in three rural districts (Burera, Kirehe and Kayonza) that previously had some of the… Read More…

Today more than 200,000 women live in correctional facilities nationwide, and these numbers are continuing to grow at an alarming rate. In particular over the last ten years alone, the female prison population has grown faster than the male prison population. The conditions for prisoners are very difficult to withstand and many women in need… Read More…

GAY in the Warm <3 of Africa

June 5, 2015 By Chad Noble-Tabiolo
Class of 2014-2015

Tonight was special because a controversial film on a topic that is considered by many to be too taboo to even utter, “homosexuality,” was to be screened right here in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. The documentary film entitled “Umunthu” was contentious because it was setting in-motion a different kind of conversation on sexuality… Read More…

It’s Not That Simple…

June 4, 2015 By Devin Faris
Class of 2014-2015

There are few tools more powerful in development work than the art of listening. However, moving one step further and channeling this tool through rigorous research offers us the unique opportunity to see inside complex sets of issues. Through our research, we are able to capture reality in a way that no amount of informal… Read More…

The Potential Harms in Helping Others

June 4, 2015 By Charlotte Sawyer
Class of 2014-2015

Several weeks ago, my driver’s license fell out of my pocket during a rainy outreach shift with HIPS, a harm reduction organization that works with injection drug users, sex workers, and their communities in Washington, D.C.  I assumed that it was lost forever to the storm drains of D.C., until I received a call from… Read More…

eLearning without the e

June 3, 2015 By Sejal Vashi
Class of 2014-2015

Would you quit an online course if you repeatedly encountered this during a download? If you said no, you have a lot more patience than I do. Late last year, I tried, and failed, for an entire week to download a necessary player for an intro to CS edX course. I ultimately quit the course…. Read More…

GHC increased my feeling that lots need to be done for social justice

June 3, 2015 By Jean Sacha Barikumutima
Class of 2014-2015

During my second quarter as a GHC Fellow being placed in Burundi with Population Media Center (PMC), -a US nonprofit organization which is mainly oriented towards addressing the global challenge of overpopulation, I was more than passionate about the work that I was doing with my co-fellow Alex as a Project Coordinator. Not only I… Read More…

Access to care through self-care

June 3, 2015 By Kristy Law
Class of 2014-2015

Spring has come and I couldn’t be happier! This winter I was sick more times than I have been during the last three years. Where I would have been down briefly once a year during the ‘flu-season’, I was pretty much down with something for the entire three to four months of winter. Coming from… Read More…

Storytelling as Sustainable Development

June 2, 2015 By Karen Maniraho
Class of 2014-2015

Tucked away on the outskirts of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, lies a neighbourhood called Kinama. Like many towns in Bujumbura’s urban center known as Bujumbura Mairie, it is easy to be struck by how everything bustles with movement with people hawking peanuts and eggs to make small cash to get by, kids enjoying spontaneous… Read More…

Ebola Impact in an Uninfected Country

June 2, 2015 By Michele Kalal
Class of 2014-2015

As Guinea and Sierra Leone struggle to eliminate Ebola within their borders, Liberia finally reached the milestone of 42 days without any new cases. The world continues to scrutinize the warning signs from a year ago hinting at the exploding outbreak; it is highlighting all of the flaws in preparedness from leading health organizations. What… Read More…

The GHC Secret Family Recipe

June 1, 2015 By Lorin Letcher
Class of 2014-2015

Since I know you have been salivating in anticipation of enjoying your very own GHC experience, I have taken it upon myself to spill the beans about this famous, secret family recipe. For too long, the proud GHC family has developed young change makers in the global health field without revealing the special and loving… Read More…

What Drives Me? My Family Curse

May 29, 2015 By Anjali Morgan
Class of 2014-2015

Kerala, India in the 1920s. My grandmother was giving birth in what I can only imagine was a hot and unventilated birthing room with low-skilled attendants performing her blood transfusion. That day doomed our family. Fast forward 65 years to the mid-1980s. My father, a pediatrician working in Saudi Arabia, was the youngest of seven… Read More…

Harlem: Social Determinants of Health, Asthma and the American Dream

May 28, 2015 By David Burt
Class of 2014-2015

Harlem By Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?… Read More…

African Development and Public Health

May 28, 2015 By Kupakwashe Mukumbi
Class of 2014-2015

A month ago, I attended the African Development Conference hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School of Policy. The conference’s theme was, “Looking South – Moving Forward – Fostering Development collaboration within the Global South.” The main emphasis throughout the conference was private public partnerships, talent and resources for development within the African continent. The conference… Read More…

Promoting public health care equity and access

May 28, 2015 By Julius Kirya
Class of 2014-2015

Public health care access and affordability is a civic right that every citizen is owed to enjoy unconditionally. However often social, economic, political and environmental barriers deter individuals from exercising this right. One billion people world over survive on less than $1.25 a day, making them unable to afford their health care needs and eventually… Read More…

Hidden Risks in Small-Scale Farming Initiatives

May 28, 2015 By Chiara Bercu
Class of 2014-2015

Over the last few years there has been a huge boom in small-scale farming initiatives within a multitude of NGOs around the world. In Kasese, Uganda, where I have spent the past year as a Global Health Corps (GHC) fellow, the story is no different. Many NGOs have started focusing specifically on small-scale farming programs… Read More…

Things to Remember During My Fellowship

May 27, 2015 By Benjamin Ndayambaje
Class of 2014-2015

I did not expect that my fellowship would end so soon! It’s just very fast. I still have fresh memories of flying from Kigali International airport to JFK and a warm drive to Yale University for Global Health Corps’ training institute like it was yesterday. Retreats for quarter one and two were normal and I… Read More…

When You Accidentally Walk Through The Right Door: My GHC Experience

May 27, 2015 By Violette Nalutaaya
Class of 2014-2015

For a long time, my heart has had the desire to work with vulnerable groups of people, specifically the refugee population. My past positions opened doors for me in not-for profit work but limited my experience to working with children and youth, which did not give me the full satisfaction of working alongside vulnerable people… Read More…

Health policy activism

May 27, 2015 By Klein Fernandez
Class of 2014-2015

Policy activism is now gradually appearing in the public health lexicon. Though still embryonic in professional practice, there appears to be a modest conceptual foundation that supports many of today’s public health policies and programs designed for expansive community engagement. Like many newly minted Masters in Public Health (MPH), I was also lost when I… Read More…

Naloxone: Another Tool in the Toolbox

May 26, 2015 By Meadhbha McAlister Monaghan
Class of 2014-2015

Every day in the United States, 120 people die as a result of drug overdose. Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the last two decades and are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States [1]. In particular, deaths from overdose involving heroin have almost quadrupled from 2000 to 2013, with… Read More…

Using ICTs at the Grassroots Level: My Story Better Told through GHC

May 26, 2015 By Henry Kakeeto
Class of 2014-2015

Growing up I always had the intrigue to learn how computers can change the lives of people and the desire to actually make it a reality. Together with my colleagues we pitched the idea of what is today called Cultural Waves Uganda, a small grassroots organization that has reached girls that would otherwise drop out… Read More…

The trouble with incentives

May 26, 2015 By Jen Zhu
Class of 2014-2015

“You know, we do not come because [another organization] gives us money to attend meetings,” a health worker told me bluntly as I waited for the health center’s workers to trickle into Millennium Villages Project’s monthly one-hour quality improvement meeting. Part of the area that Uganda’s Millennium Villages Project serves is saturated with NGOs: Elizabeth… Read More…

What happens at the end? Millennium Villages Project & the MDGs

May 26, 2015 By Jen Zhu
Class of 2014-2015

My organization is shutting down at the end of this year. The world’s also supposed to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of this year. I work at Millennium Villages Project (MVP), started by economist and UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals Jeffrey Sachs to demonstrate that rural… Read More…

Professional Development: Exercising My Green Thumb

May 26, 2015 By Hanneke Van Dyke
Class of 2014-2015

One of the benefits of being a Global Health Corps fellow is the ability to pursue professional development opportunities outside of our normal scope of work. Across the fellow class, professional goals and interests take many shapes and forms and, therefore, our respective professional development endeavors often look very different. Some fellows travel for conferences,… Read More…

Everyday, we overlook the little manifestations of our own prejudices that leave us oblivious to committing little, white transgressions or “micro-aggressions.” It may sound harmless when we say, “I think she is hot for a black girl…Oh, that’s so gay…Stop acting like a girl.” Or when you are a foreigner living and/or traveling abroad and… Read More…

“Invest in the future: Defeat malaria” – Using Bicycles to Combat Malaria

May 22, 2015 By Kochelani Saili
Class of 2014-2015

Malaria continues to be the most serious mosquito-borne disease in the world today with the greatest burden occurring across sub-Saharan Africa. In this region alone, it is estimated that more than 250 million cases are recorded and nearly one million deaths each year (Kelly-Hope and Mckenzie, 2009). In Zambia, the burden of malaria was estimated… Read More…

A journey to achieving a dream!

May 22, 2015 By Benjamin Ndayambaje
Class of 2014-2015

Throughout my childhood I dreamed of being a medical doctor and being able to save the lives of people suffering from diseases. I had a special interest in cardiology, hoping to become a heart surgeon. I was encouraged by my parents and teachers, and told that all it takes is hard work and determination to… Read More…

Let’s Talk About Sex

May 21, 2015 By Devin Faris
Class of 2014-2015

“S…E…X…” I read the letters aloud as I scrawl them across the poster paper taped to the wall behind me, and the room erupts with a cacophony of laughter. I am standing in S.O.U.L. Foundation’s weekly Youth Mentorship Programme, which brings university and secondary student leaders together with younger students, providing them with a safe space… Read More…

Sharing Your Narrative Out of Respect for Those You Serve

May 21, 2015 By Angela McCrone
Class of 2014-2015

Zainab Salbi took the stage at Chelsea Piers in New York City with such poise and grace. With light streaming in the large windows, I sat with the rest of the 2014-2015 class of Global Health Corps fellows in awe – drawn to her experience as she spoke with honesty and humility. Her words had… Read More…

Minding the Gap

May 21, 2015 By Nchimunya Musabi
Class of 2014-2015

As a child, I remember carrying around my favorite Disney characters’ story books, like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. I carried them not because I wanted to read, but to look at the pictures of the beautiful princesses in their pretty dresses and shoes. I am now an adult and I still find reading books a… Read More…

Improving Patient Care, One Employee at a Time

May 20, 2015 By Nadia Bashar
Class of 2014-2015

Recently, my fellow GHC cohorts in Malawi launched the #health2me photo campaign to promote global health and GHC in Malawi, and to encourage people to think beyond traditional understandings of health. As I considered what health meant to me – well-being, happiness, self-sufficiency, peace of mind, and so on – I settled on the idea… Read More…

Out of the Office

May 20, 2015 By Thomas Good
Class of 2014-2015

In February I had the privilege of traveling to Liberia. While there I worked on a number of projects with Last Mile Health’s staff on the ground, and in doing so strengthened our long-term communication and solidified some great friendships. But more importantly, I was able to see Last Mile Health’s programmatic work in action…. Read More…

Have you ever imagined what door-to-door health campaigns can achieve?

May 20, 2015 By Ronald Tibiita
Class of 2014-2015

Access to health services is important in promoting good health and wellbeing. Having realized the gap between the health and wellbeing of under-served populations in Uganda’s Isingiro District, the door to door integrated health campaign was rolled out in the United Nations’ Millennium Villages cluster to promote access to health services to those most in… Read More…

Of Luck and Health

May 19, 2015 By Maganizo Kruger Nyasulu
Class of 2014-2015

My interest with the provision of health first stemmed from a personal incident when I was a young boy. I remember visiting my ancestral village in Karonga at the age of 11. While there I suffered from severe Malaria. I remember my father carrying me to the next bus stop on the back of a… Read More…

Undocumented Immigrants and Access to Health Care

May 19, 2015 By So Yoon Sim
Class of 2014-2015

Over 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and between 1.9 million and 3.8 million in the European Union currently face barriers to health care access. Numerous legal issues and the current political climate regarding immigration policies present the complex reality of ensuring their basic right to health care. The lack of viable health… Read More…

Faith and family planning: conversations with faith leaders

May 19, 2015 By Lisa Shawcroft
Class of 2014-2015

Pastor Kainerugaba is a born again Christian. He lives in Naskasongola, Uganda, a district in the central part of the country. Pastor Kainerugaba is not just a pastor, however. He devotes much of his time away from his church to educating his community about the benefits of family planning. When a Marie Stopes International (MSI)… Read More…

Do you have a passion driven or a monetary oriented occupation?

May 13, 2015 By Eugene Hitimana
Class of 2014-2015

As a person ages, the mind keeps thinking about new things and new objectives based upon observations and experiences. At a given point, everyone should recognize their passion and start making choices towards satisfying that passion. Many people in this generation are making choices centered on money, which prevents them from achieving personal satisfaction at… Read More…

A Face in the Numbers

May 13, 2015 By Orrin Tiberi
Class of 2014-2015

Numbers surround us and overwhelm us on a daily basis. From trying to calculate the exchange rate for finances to reviewing attendance numbers of outreaches and interventions, I often forget that each number has a person or commodity attached to it. Every participation sheet for an outreach represents real people and their stories. In my… Read More…

The Emaciated Nonprofit

May 13, 2015 By Megan Harrison
Class of 2014-2015

Imagine you are a radically generous philanthropist. Each year you wield the power to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to improving the lives of people around the world. But what nonprofits do you choose to support? How do you determine which organizations will steward your funds well? Charitable giving accounts for approximately 2% of… Read More…

Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: An Interview with Cecile Richards

May 7, 2015 By Savannah Russo
Class of 2014-2015

What do heroes and heroines have to do with our life’s journey? While attending Global Health Corps training for the 2014-2015 fellow class at Yale University, Still Harbor taught fellows to explore where and from whom we find inspiration, guidance, and knowledge and how it might be applied or used to help shape our work… Read More…

Gender is My Agenda: #MakeITHappen

May 7, 2015 By Nchimunya Musabi
Class of 2014-2015

It is that time of the year again, when the festive season has gone by, Valentine’s Day has passed too and we’re looking forward to Easter. All these seasons are centered on love and self-reflection and how we relate with people, especially our loved ones. But one day many people may forget and do not… Read More…

What motivates me in my work as a GHC fellow with FVS-AMADE?

May 6, 2015 By Elizabeth Haffa
Class of 2014-2015

To many of my friends and family, it may have seemed like a strange decision for me to leave a decent paying job in NYC to work for an entire year as a Global Health Corps fellow in Burundi, a small, French-speaking country in East Africa where running water and electricity are a luxury. At… Read More…

The Power of a Co-Fellow

May 6, 2015 By Charles Baguma
Class of 2014-2015

“A friend is always good to have, but difficult to be”, says Norbert Harms. To foster cross-cultural and cross-sector partnerships in the fight for global health equity, the five-year-old Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship pairs together two fellows, one international fellow and one national in-country fellow,  and places them in a high-impact health organization. I… Read More…

On Condom Campaigns

May 5, 2015 By Mphatso Bokosi
Class of 2014-2015

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine Fiskani. We got on the subject of HIV/AIDS and he said he feels bad when he sees elder women in their 40s and 50s who are infected by their husbands. He said these men infect their wives after having affairs with younger… Read More…

Period Shaming

May 4, 2015 By Irene Umba Zalira
Class of 2014-2015

I vividly remember when I started my periods and the time leading up to it; I had little information about my body as you can imagine a young 12 year old primary school girl. But I remember learning about it in class with a classroom half full of boys and all the male teacher said… Read More…

The Importance of Play

May 4, 2015 By Angela McCrone
Class of 2014-2015

A couple months into my fellowship, I realized that I felt far away from the people that I’m here to serve. Working at an organization that doesn’t take part in direct service, it was difficult to feel like I was contributing to the issues I saw every day in Boston. Volunteering gave me a great… Read More…

Fishing Stories from Jinja

May 4, 2015 By Caroline Numuhire
Class of 2014-2015

From the horizon, the sun takes time to rise; it is an orangy subdued lighting offering its warmth to the waters of Lake Victoria while chasing the morning mist. Very early, on the shore of Kingfisher Safari Resort, men are busy cleaning and pushing their wooden boats into the waters. While men spend prolonged time… Read More…

Mapping public health

May 1, 2015 By Klein Fernandez
Class of 2014-2015

Back when I was a graduate student with heaps of time to spare, I developed this fondness with cartography, and collecting guide maps as souvenirs has been my favorite hobby ever since I decided to be a wandering learner. But seriously for friends who know me very well, they always think I am doing it… Read More…

Worry Not; These Things Don’t Matter

May 1, 2015 By Moses Mushime
Class of 2014-2015

Since I joined the Global Health Corps fellowship six months ago, I have had time to reflect on my past and analyze the present, as I idealize what the future holds, especially in the short term, after the fellowship. I must say, it is never too early to have such thoughts. This is because the future… Read More…

Talking and writing is going to be my job for my fellowship year? No way!

April 29, 2015 By Charles Baguma
Class of 2014-2015

                      When I received an offer letter from Global Health Corps (GHC) for the Communication and Documentation Fellow placement at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Uganda my wife only heard me shout “No way” from her dressing room and came running to me in… Read More…

What “family planning” actually means

April 28, 2015 By Chibuye Angel Chelwa
Class of 2014-2015

Last year, I had the privilege of facilitating a focus group discussion, comprised of young women aged 18 to 25, on attitudes towards abortion. Many of their thoughts and perspectives were severely misinformed. Like for example, one young lady was completely against abortion for any reasons because she believed this would result in widespread outbreak… Read More…

Ten things I have learned in my life

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

As part of my  Global Health Corps adventure, I was required to write a blog. Now understand, as a scientist, my usually active mind came to a near panic on what to write. I don’t write, I do long statistical equations! And then just the other day as I was reflecting on how hopeless this… Read More…

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…