From Marketing to Public Health

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

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

Malawi On Track

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

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

How Much is a Picture Worth?

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

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

Advocacy in the Time of Ebola

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

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

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

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

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

The Importance of Meta Monitoring

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

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

Elbow Grease to Make Millions

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

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

The Dancing Cog

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

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

Willie Williams and The Path Out of Poverty

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

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

Building community: One Air Mattress at a Time

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

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

Adjusting to Eating for Two

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

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

Ebola and Fear

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

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

Chikungunya: An Emerging Disease in The Americas

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

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

How to Choose the Fellowship That is Right for You

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

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

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

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

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

Bursting Bubbles: Musings of a Sector Switcher

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

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

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

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

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

Consensus at the Ministry: An Invisible Win

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

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

The Superwoman of the Mukuni Health Center

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

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

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

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

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

The Drum Major Instinct: Rethinking Leadership in Global Health and Beyond

November 6, 2014 By Carina Ahuja
Class of 2014-2015

Atlanta, Georgia February 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his final sermon with a clear and lasting message: serve, don’t lead. In particular his reflections centered on the concept of “the drum major instinct,” our collective need as individuals to feel validated by our achievements. To lead and inspire not for the greater good… Read More…

Connecting My Past to My Future

November 4, 2014 By Phales Milimo
Class of 2014-2015

  I almost jumped with joy when my supervisor told me to join the SmartCare team on a trip to the Copperbelt Province to provide technical support at rural health clinics that would act as ‘model sites’ for the implementation of SmartCare.  SmartCare is an electronic computer based system that allows patients to seek medical… Read More…

The Secrets of the Baobab

November 3, 2014 By Lorin Letcher
Class of 2014-2015

Did you know that the Baobab tree has a fruit? Me neither. The Baobab trees are images often associated with the natural beauty of Malawi, and frequently make their way onto postcards, paintings, and pictures of the country. These large, bulbous trees provide a picture of Malawian wildlife that is simultaneously magnanimous and whimsical. Despite… Read More…

The First Quarter: 128 Brains are Better than One!

October 28, 2014 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

Fall brings with it the excitement of new beginnings and a renewed sense of purpose, and we are certainly feeling that energy at GHC! Each weekend over the past 6 weeks, our 128 current fellows joined together in each of our placement countries for their first GHC Quarterly Retreat. This is the first time our fellows… Read More…

In the 1990s, cellular phones first became widely available in the United States. Over subsequent years, however, its roll out and usage has increased dramatically worldwide. To harness this increased demand, desire and roll out, telecommunications service providers worldwide had to, and are still, placing towers in several communities: mainly in areas they deem allows… Read More…

It Takes a Village to Raise a Fellow

October 14, 2014 By Devin Faris
Class of 2014-2015

As you sit anxiously aboard a series of flights from GHC Training to your placement in rural Uganda, you are so fired up with inspiration and vision that you feel nothing will stop you from hitting the ground running. You quickly learn, however, that hitting the ground running makes little sense when the pace at… Read More…

Field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 9, 2014 By Tiffany Aquino
Class of 2012-2013

Last week the NYC alumni committee hosted an event for GHC alums, fellows and community members at the wonderful and inspiring Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. We were able to tour parts of the museum with a guide, reflect on the Nelson A. Rockefeller special exhibit, and enjoy lunch together. We were honored… Read More…

From the Inside

October 7, 2014 By Michele Kalal
Class of 2014-2015

While working on my Masters in Public Health in Boston, Partners In Health (PIH) represented the ideal organization to work for: completely committed to the notion that health is a human right with an amazing global reputation among those in the public health field. Therefore I jumped at the opportunity to spend a fellowship year… Read More…

Chronicling Our Year of Growth with #Selfies

October 3, 2014 By Lisa Shawcroft
Class of 2014-2015

I think most fellows join Global Health Corps not just to make the world a better place, but to also make themselves better people.  One indicator of this is that the fellowship year is designed to be one of growth, both personally and professionally. I know that I accepted my fellowship position because I believed… Read More…

Innovating toward the end of malaria: What actually works?

September 29, 2014 By Elisabeth Wilhelm
Class of 2014-2015

Cross-posted from Malaria evolved along with humans over 60,000 years ago and has plagued and killed people ever since. For just as long, humans have been looking for ways to prevent infection and eliminate the disease. Tools and knowledge have evolved to combat malaria in the past several hundred years: quinine’s protective properties against… Read More…

What’s Love (and Health) Got To Do With It?

September 25, 2014 By Orrin Tiberi
Class of 2014-2015

In a report releases in August this year, UNICEF shook up much of the global health community by estimating that by 2050, 40% of the children under five in the world will be African. The total population of the African continent, currently around 1.1 billion, is projected to increase to 4.2 billion by 2100. Those… Read More…

5 Things Every Student Who Wants a Career in Global Health Should Know in GIFs

September 15, 2014 By Elisabeth Wilhelm
Class of 2014-2015

Maybe it was a documentary, a friend from church who came back from a mission trip to Peru or South Africa who came back with stories, or a parent who is a doctor or nurse—there are many early influences on teens that lead them to consider studying and a career path working toward global health…. Read More…

Halting Ebola – Midwives, Tablets, and a Little Bit of Perseverance

September 8, 2014 By Margaret North
Class of 2014-2015

In the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak on record, one international partnership has worked together to provide assessment, education and diagnostic tools to front-line health workers, primarily midwives, in one state in Nigeria. The necessity for a rapid and systematic response to Ebola is essential. Early identification of cases as well as having a… Read More…

What the World Can Learn From Africa

August 19, 2014 By Lindsey Kinsinger
Class of 2013-2014

Thirteen months ago, one of our Ugandan co-fellows, and one of the smartest, funniest, most beautiful, and humble people I know (Lorraine Kabunga) asked a presenter at our GHC Orientation “What can Africa teach the world?” Honestly, I do not remember the presenter’s response. Still, this question is something I kept on my mind throughout… Read More…

Words from a Newly Minted GHC Alum

August 19, 2014 By Marian Brown
Class of 2013-2014

“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman Throughout the fellowship year Global Health Corps spoke to us about the importance of public narrative in advocacy and our work as public servants. They utilized… Read More…

The Power of Stories and Advocacy

August 7, 2014 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

One of GHC’s leadership practices – a skill we seek when recruiting, selecting, and training GHC  fellows – is the ability to inspire and mobilize others in the pursuit of health equity. For our fellows to have the maximum impact on the health of the communities they serve, both during and after their GHC placements,… Read More…

Climate Change is a Huge Barrier to Health Equity

July 29, 2014 By Zeno Masereka
Class of 2013-2014

As you read this, tens of thousands in the foothills of Mt. Rwenzori have lost their loved ones in the last two years, and their community hospital has been totally destroyed by devastating floods. Other millions are displaced from their homes in the Balkans and a quarter of Bosnia went without clean water all at… Read More…

Choosing between rocks and mud: the privilege of prevention

July 28, 2014 By Katherine Williams
Class of 2013-2014

Here in Uganda, we’ve finally left the rainy season behind us. We still get occasional cooler, overcast days with interspersed showers but a few weeks ago it was like clockwork: Wake up to raindrops slashing the windowpanes and drumming on rooftops… Get ready for the day, pack a rag to wipe rain and clay from… Read More…

GHC and Teen Club

July 28, 2014 By Danielle Payne
Class of 2013-2014

Over the past year, during my time as a GHC fellow, I have had an incredible opportunity to work within the Monitoring and Evaluation Department at Lighthouse Trust, an organization, primarily functioning as an ART clinic, that is pioneering novel approaches to integrated HIV/AIDS care in Malawi.  Last January, just before our mid-year retreat, the… Read More…

Resiliency and Vulnerability in Global Health Leadership

July 27, 2014 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

Over the past five years, we’ve learned that to effectively serve others and make an impact, global health leaders must engage in self-reflection and self-care. We are keeping those lessons in mind as we head into our annual Closing Retreat tomorrow with our outgoing class of 2013-2014 fellows who have just finished up their year… Read More…

Buses and Beans

July 25, 2014 By Meagan Hawes
Class of 2013-2014

As the fellowship year concludes, I have been searching for a caption.  Full disclosure: I don’t have one.  Nor do I expect to arrive at a phrase that is inclusive of all the brilliant and challenging moments this year has been. So instead, I decided I would share a caption story.  It is something small,… Read More…

Health Education Through an Artists’ Eyes

July 24, 2014 By Marian Brown
Class of 2013-2014

“Art is not what you see, but what you help others see.” ~ Edgar Degas This past weekend the Malawi-based GHC fellows met in Neno for our Community Engagement Event, a GHC supported initiative that brings fellows within country together for a group identified and led project. Neno is a rural area between Blantyre and… Read More…

An Awkward Moment for a Year of Dignity

July 23, 2014 By Chelsea Ducharme
Class of 2013-2014

“Does someone want to tell me how they feel when they have their period? Or how long their period lasts?” says Rebeka Kabugho, ACODEV Project Officer, to a classroom full of adolescent girls in an effort to break the ice about menstruation. At first the girls look around the room giggling, shy to share their personal… Read More…

Saying Goodbye

July 23, 2014 By Kelsey Nagel
Class of 2013-2014

With the end of the GHC fellowship looming large on the horizon, I find myself thinking about the way that it began. I still remember the first time my cofellow and I drove through a river and up a mountain to our placement site at Partners in Health in Neno, Malawi. We drove past the… Read More…

Theory vs. Practice: The Civil Servant Edition

July 22, 2014 By Kaylyn Koberna
Class of 2013-2014

When I was younger my father often quoted Yogi Berra during “teachable moments.” This might seem less than helpful on several levels; oddly, however, the more experience I gain in the public health sector, the more the paradox-prone Yankees star makes sense. Consider the following example: “In theory, there is no difference between theory and… Read More…

Being the first to know

July 22, 2014 By Samantha White
Class of 2013-2014

It was a Tuesday afternoon when I heard my phone ring at my desk. I glanced over and saw that it was Peter Gondwe, the executive director of Life Concern (LICO), a community-based organization in Rumphi, Malawi, that I’ve been working with over the past year. I picked up the call with my usual greeting… Read More…

A Toast to the Twenty-First Century Leaders

July 22, 2014 By Joan Nakirya Wakida
Class of 2013-2014

Leadership is a widely written and studied concept that I still struggle to define and explain exhaustively. The concept of leadership has evolved and is still evolving. I recall an era when leaders were defined primarily by outward traits. People were inevitably ushered into leadership roles if they portrayed traits of courage, intelligence, confidence, innovation… Read More…

Beginning of a New Story

July 21, 2014 By Ladislas Hibusu
Class of 2013-2014

I served this year as a guidance and counseling officer for a Christian organization that looked after orphaned and vulnerable children. Serving in that role gave me an opportunity to see firsthand the deep hurt and devastation that fatherlessness brings to a child’s life. I had the greatest chance and opportunity to read and hear… Read More…

Training Institute 2014 – The Power of Collective Impact

July 21, 2014 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

At Global Health Corps, we know that the scope and complexity of global health challenges means we need to engage talented people across boundaries, borders, skill sets, organizations, industries, and perspectives to effect social change. As our sixth annual Training Institute ends and our 128 new fellows head off to their respective placement organizations for… Read More…

Diversity: A Blessing or Curse?

July 21, 2014 By Happy Zulu
Class of 2013-2014

A number of reasons may be given to explain why people differ in opinions, ideologies, attitudes or behaviors. It seems natural that people’s attitudes at one point or the other will always be different. This may be due to varied reasons such as different backgrounds in which different people are brought up, different personalities or… Read More…

Measuring the Moments

July 18, 2014 By Tara Daniel
Class of 2013-2014

We speak so often of metrics, key performance indicators, and monitoring improvement, but I continue to search for ways to conceptualize and measure progress. How does one capture those moments that add up to results that are certainly desired though not quantifiable, such as momentum and collaboration? How does one know if attitudes are changing,… Read More…

The wolf, the horse, the frog and the whale

July 18, 2014 By Virginia Roncaglione
Class of 2013-2014

How do you fit a frog, a humpback whale, a wolf, and a horse in a last floor apartment of Harlem, New York City? This is not a funny riddle (I guess it could be), but the actual question that we just formulated in our living room, after conducting a very intense discussion on totem… Read More…

A Dream Becomes a Reality

July 17, 2014 By Allan Kabunga
Class of 2013-2014

Under the mango tree they used to gather to find health solutions. These were HIV/AIDS affected and infected women of Lukojjo in Nama sub county Mukono district in Uganda. These peasants then came up with a community based organization called Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS initiative in the year 1999. The main aim of the organization was… Read More…

The Coffin Road

July 17, 2014 By Chrispine Ungapembe
Class of 2013-2014

They say “words create and words destroy.” What was just a name then, has turned into a reality that has manifested itself by being the first place that people think of when the death calls one of us. We destroyed a long-held fear of death by creating acceptance that death is a hopeless situation that… Read More…

Ideal Interventions – A Self reflection

July 11, 2014 By Lorraine Kabunga
Class of 2013-2014

A well functioning health care system encompasses a wide range of factors with a balance between prevention strategies and treatment. However, it is not clear at what point the two balance in the right measure. I have been involved in a demand generation campaign for improving treatment practice in the management of  diarrhea. As a… Read More…

Out of Bounds

July 4, 2014 By Krystal Rampalli
Class of 2013-2014

GHC has been an amazing experience, both professionally and personally, although not free of challenges. Prior to moving to Zambia, I had never been to Africa, let alone spent a whole lot of time outside of America, so getting used to how things are done here took a while. As I do not own a… Read More…

GHC Training 2014: Global Health and Development Overview

July 3, 2014 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

We’ve just wrapped up our third day of Training – what a whirlwind of ideas, energy, and new connections! The first three days of Training are dedicated to providing an overview in global health and development, since fellows join GHC from a variety of backgrounds – for many people, this is their first foray into… Read More…

GHC’s Training Institute 2014 Has Begun!

June 29, 2014 By GHC Team
Class of 2014-2015

It’s our favorite time of year at Global Health Corps! This weekend, our 128 new fellows arrived at Yale University for our annual intensive Training Institute. They join us (jetlagged but excited!) from all corners of the globe: from as far as Zambia and Nepal to as close as New Jersey and New Orleans. Over… Read More…

The Untold Benefits of the GHC Felowship

June 26, 2014 By Zeno Masereka
Class of 2013-2014

Next month (July 2014) will be the last month of my fellowship placement at my host organisation – Action Africa Health International (AAHI) in Kyangwali refugee settlement, where I have had a wonderful fellowship year, I must say. AAHI is an African-led, international non-governmental organization, based in Nairobi, Kenya, that supports livelihood-challenged communities in East… Read More…

There is No Time to Lose

June 23, 2014 By Lonjezo Sithole
Class of 2013-2014

As the fellowship year is winding down, I thought there could no better time to highlight what I consider to be one of the bright spots in this fellowship. I can’t believe the year is already coming to an end, and there is no doubt these have been among the best months in my early… Read More…

National Health Care System In Uganda

June 19, 2014 By Lillian Nakisozi
Class of 2013-2014

Uganda has an organized national health system and health delivery in place within the strategic frame work and focus. (HSSIP 11,July 2010) The national health system is comprised of both private and public sectors. The private health sector is comprised of Private Not for Profit (PNFP), Private Health Practitioners (PHPs), and Traditional Contemporary Medicine Practitioners…. Read More…

My Newark: The Good, the Ugly and its Beauty

June 16, 2014 By Ayokunle Abogan
Class of 2013-2014

I have called New Jersey my home away from home (Nigeria) since 2006. Altogether, I have lived in the state for almost 7 years. Now, I work in Newark, N.J as a health policy fellow in the city’s health department. When I got the news of my acceptance to GHC, I was excited not only… Read More…

This blog is partially inspired by my belief that Africa has within itself the ability to self-propagate into the beautiful and successful continent that so many have dreamt of, and partially by a TED talk from a brilliant handsome Kenyan boy called Richard Terere. A TED-talk, I highly recommend to all those who seek solutions… Read More…

Menstrual Hygiene Management: A Path To Human Dignity

June 10, 2014 By Meagan Hawes
Class of 2013-2014

Some of my favorite moments this year have been unexpected conversations. Over Easter weekend, I was sitting by the local spring in Kibeho, the rural Rwandan community where Claude and I are serving our fellowship year, when a woman tapped me on the shoulder – Miriwe! Bonjour! Hello! – and sat down beside me.  Meet… Read More…

How many can we save / Why it matters for me.

June 6, 2014 By Marie Amelie Ntigulirwa
Class of 2013-2014

“Every day 1400 girls and women die giving birth and 99  percent of them are in developing countries” UNICEF, 2003. “More than 1 million babies die on the day of their birth every year” Save the Children, 2014. How many can we save? One? Two? A hundred? A thousand? As years come and pass the… Read More…


June 5, 2014 By Melissa Mazzeo
Class of 2013-2014

One of the first things I noticed when I started working at Baylor-Uganda was the strange strings of numbers and letters everywhere, etched into tables and chairs, engraved into computers. It didn’t take long to understand what they were: identifiers to connect the items with their respective grant budget lines. And it didn’t take long… Read More…

Meditation, mindfulness, and working in global health

June 4, 2014 By Natalia Espejo
Class of 2013-2014

I’ve been (a little bit) high-strung for as long as I can remember. I speak quickly, walk quickly, and think quickly. When presented with a problem, I have a tendency to dissect its root causes and come up with a list of possible solutions before the person speaking to me has had a chance to… Read More…

The magic of having a healthy baby.

June 3, 2014 By Allan Kabunga
Class of 2013-2014

It’s always one’s dream to have a healthy baby at the right time. One may ask which is the right time to have a baby? While I have been practicing in the health field, I have come to learn that the right time is: When both partners are ready and willing to take on responsibility,… Read More…

Back to Basics

June 2, 2014 By Jonathan Cali
Class of 2013-2014

Have you ever had one of those “Oh Crap” moments when you realize something very bad or embarrassing is about to happen? Your heart starts pounding and your mind quickly flips through all possible scenarios only to find that they all end in complete shame, utter humiliation, extreme awkwardness. I had one of these experiences… Read More…

Working with the “Community”

May 28, 2014 By Tara Daniel
Class of 2013-2014

The idea of working with communities to achieve sustained, substantive progress on any social issue is well-supported. One of my inspirations for continuing to work in health is the prominence given to community-based approaches. Here in the US, my organization, the city of Newark’s Department of Child and Family Well-Being, is reviewing the Public Health… Read More…

From Hospitals to Villages

May 21, 2014 By Jean Luc Ugirashebuja
Class of 2013-2014

One of the topics that continues to cause debate among healthcare professionals in developing countries is the comparative value of clinical versus public health careers. There is a tendency to rate one over another. Some claims state that clinical practice is the heart of healthcare because doctors deal directly with sick people, who are the… Read More…

Essential Medicines -Supply bottlenecks in Uganda’s Public sector

May 20, 2014 By Lorraine Kabunga
Class of 2013-2014

The most often attributed causes for a stock out in a public health center in Uganda are  inefficiencies within the central warehouse system. For example, long lead times and under deliveries. While this may be true sometimes, it is hardly the primary problem in the supply of essential commodities. Here’s why. I have recently had… Read More…

GHC Reflections

May 19, 2014 By Thandiwe Ngoma
Class of 2013-2014

Stephanie and I are placed at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Zambia as Monitoring and Evaluation fellows. In our capacity as M&E fellows, we created a mini questionnaire to reflect on our GHC experiences. Below are Stephanie’s responses to the questions. 1)      What have you enjoyed the most about the GHC fellowship? The… Read More…

A number of the African countries have adopted a strategic focus in the development of their respective Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) policies. This approach is based on the argument that for most underdeveloped African countries, there is the need to use ICTs as a broad-base enabler of their socio-economic development process as… Read More…

The Quest for Unity in the Understanding of Diversity

May 15, 2014 By Esnatt Gondwe
Class of 2013-2014

In the last two blog posts that I have written, the reoccurring theme has been: the importance of cohesion, collaboration, and oneness- in the process of development. When I read Paulo Coelho’s book, “The Alchemist”, the theme of oneness and mankind’s ability to share knowledge that transcends race, orientation, species, sex, nationality or religious beliefs reaffirmed… Read More…

Want to live out your values? Mind the gap!

May 14, 2014 By Katherine Williams
Class of 2013-2014

My co-fellows and I are somehow entering the final quarter of work in our placement sites. Our predecessors all warned us that the year would fly by, and sure enough, it’s nearly vanished before our eyes. Having completed seven months of the fellowship, we now have a unique view of our past, present, and future…. Read More…

A co-fellow check-in

May 12, 2014 By Stephanie Ahn
Class of 2013-2014

An innovative component of the GHC model is the pairing of an international fellow with a fellow from the host country within the same placement organization. Throughout the fellowship year, the co-fellow pair collaborates and supports each other, ideally creating lasting bonds and building each other’s capacity and skills. I feel so fortunate to have… Read More…

Promotion of health through cultural leaders

May 9, 2014 By Allan Kabunga
Class of 2013-2014

For a long time there has been a war between culture and modern medicine. This has clocked way back especially in most African countries and led to misinformation and the loss of many lives. To date so many people have had a change in their beliefs. There are many cultural leaders who have come up… Read More…


May 7, 2014 By Chelsea Ducharme
Class of 2013-2014

I watched him for several minutes as he bent over, clapping his hands over his right knee. Wearing a blue and white shirt with brown shorts, the young boy seemed so frustrated with something. But what? Distracted and perplexed for several minutes, I finally peeked over to get a better look. There were flies buzzing… Read More…

Are we there yet?

May 6, 2014 By Daisy Nakasi
Class of 2013-2014

I have watched many movies portraying HIV/AIDS information and I would probably enjoy the entertaining bits of the movie more than the informative bits. I have, however, watched “Mothers and Sons”, a movie that has caused me to think more about HIV/AIDS.  ”Mothers and Sons” is the story of the mother of a young man… Read More…

The importance of emotional health in the fight against HIV/AIDS

May 5, 2014 By Amy McDonough
Class of 2013-2014

In the global health community, we often put psychosocial support on the back burner. We’re so focused on efforts with measurable outcomes—dispensing ARVs, building clinics, administering vaccinations—that we often fail to address the less tangible needs of our patients. The fact that they may be experiencing one of the most emotionally challenging periods of their… Read More…

Despite the past decade’s significant successes on reducing new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths worldwide, adolescents were the only group in which AIDS related deaths increased between 2001 and 2012. Furthermore, during the same period, young people (15-25yrs) accounted for 39% of all new HIV infections. There are currently about 1.8 billion adolescents alive… Read More…

Forging a New Discipline

April 30, 2014 By Colin Gerber
Class of 2013-2014

“Global Health is an attitude. It is about the universal nature of our human predicament. It is a statement about our commitment to health as a fundamental quality of liberty and equity.” – Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet Whenever I mention my work overseas, I get met with skepticism nearly as often as curiosity…. Read More…

Are We Making Any Difference?

April 29, 2014 By Evelyn Ninsiima
Class of 2013-2014

On Dec 1st 2013, Mbarara town was coloured white and red; school uniforms, banners, red ribbons and T- shirts are all telling us how we are getting to Zero HIV new infections. They were the World AIDS Day National celebrations! These celebrations were held at the Bible Institute grounds in Nyamityobora ward, an area that… Read More…

Global Health and Open Source

April 28, 2014 By Brian Ssennoga
Class of 2013-2014

In the world of software, your best bet is open source software – usually – because, it comes free, has been developed by a community, and everyone working on it, depends on everyone else to review what they are doing to make it better. So you have heard of Open Source Operating Systems (Ubuntu, SuSE,… Read More…

Beyond a Good Health Care System Lies the Need For a Well Educated Society

April 25, 2014 By Peter Pindani
Class of 2013-2014

A health care system is the organization of people, institutions, and resources to deliver health care services to meet the health needs of target populations. However, as simple as the definition sounds, Health care systems are very complex and multi-faceted in nature. World Health Organization defines health care system as consisting of all organizations, people and actions whose primary intent is… Read More…

At the Point of Care

April 24, 2014 By Christina Allain
Class of 2013-2014

In the second half of my fellowship, I have a completely new project on my hands: supporting the use of a point-of-care CD4 diagnostic, the Alere Pima CD4 Analyzer. There are currently about 120 Pimas in-country and most of these are set up with USB modems and mobile network SIM cards that enable them to… Read More…

When calmness opens your ways

April 23, 2014 By Lambert Mugabo
Class of 2013-2014

With the demanding work that is required to overcome the perpetual challenges related to global health complexities, people find themselves in situations where they need different skills, beyond their area of expertise, to cope with multiple responsibilities. But what happens when despite the multiple skills that an individual possesses, the work does not go well?… Read More…

Uganda: Where did we go wrong?

April 21, 2014 By Moses Ariong
Class of 2012-2013

Uganda is a gifted country with a lot of natural resources, favorable weather conditions and an admired tourist centre. One would expect all of these opportunities to yield increased incomes among households, which would be essential in meeting household basic needs and improving on people’s wellbeing. In fact, the Uganda economy profile for 2013 shows… Read More…

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

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

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

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

Measuring Progress: Dashboard Designing

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

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

As Seen on TV

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

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

The Power of Empathy in Action

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

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

Back to School

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

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

Leap-frogging Development

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

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

Sample Transport

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

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

Breast Feeding: A Fundamental Human Right

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

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

Homosexuality: Understanding Human Diversity

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

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

Key Takeaways from 2013

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

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