“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…

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…