Public Health: Partnerships and a Common goal

Thus far, this is my second year doing public health research abroad and I couldn’t be happier that it is in a Spanish-speaking country. My first public health research experience was in St. Kitts and Nevis and it was through the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training program, a relatively new and highly competitive…

Estudio de Investigacion en Bluefields

    Language: How I knew I was in Nicaragua? With unexpected flight delays that postponed our arrival date, landing in Nicaragua seemed like winning the lottery. Perhaps that might be an overstatement, but I was ecstatic on the night of June 3rd when Hala and I stepped out of the Augusto Sandino International Airport…

Nebil Nuradin: Rwanda – Blog Post #2

When you are living in Rwanda, there are some places you just have to visit. Many of these places are found outside of the capital, so they make for a wonderful weekend trip. After working hard during the week, I would try to enjoy my weekends by traveling to various locations in the country. Rwanda…

Nebil Nuradin: Rwanda – Blog Post #1

I have been in Rwanda in since the June, and I’m guilty in confessing this my first blog. I have been hesitant to starting this first blog because it is my first time blogging ever! But here it goes. Rwanda has in many ways surprised me. When I first arrived, I had all sorts of…

The Spark

“A spark is something that gives your life meaning and purpose. It’s an interest, a passion, or a gift” (Dr. Peter Benson) (Benson, 2008). Before traveling to South Africa, the extent of my knowledge of the work that community health workers (CHWs) provide their patients was limited and elementary. After researching about South Africa’s health…

Ceshae Harding & Cherise Green: Rwanda – Blog Post #2

It’s our last week in Rwanda and our research study here has largely been a success. Our study is entitled Preparing Mothers for Breastfeeding: A Survey of the Information Provided to Mothers on Best Breastfeeding Practices. Thus far, we have surveyed over 200 new mothers at the University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) about what…

90-90-90 Goals at Durban’s International AIDS Conference

Durban, a popular ocean city on the Eastern coast of South Africa, played host to more than 6,000 local and foreign guests including individuals from all walks of life for the 21st International AIDS Conference (18/7/16 – 22/7/16). Filled with watershed moments, the Conference brought dignitaries, activists and politicians together including South Africa’s Health Minister…

Muraho from Kigali!

Our names are Alice Burgess (UVa 2017; GDS) and Emily Romano (UVa 2016; GPH) and we are in Kigali this summer researching, shadowing, and learning tons. We cannot thank CGH enough for this incredible opportunity. Research Our focus project is investigating local physicians’ attitudes towards using Rwandan honey to treat acute care burn injuries. While…

Finding Myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia

June 21, 2016 I have been here for three weeks now and I’m getting very used to the barang, or foreigner, lifestyle. I have picked up a few words of Khmer so when my students start talking about me I can give them a pointed look. It is really fun to haggle when I know…

Souseday from Siem Reap, Cambodia

June 7, 2016: I just got back from my first full day working at Build Your Future Today Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia and it has been quite a day. As a volunteer at the center, I have been able to see the administrative and hands-on aspects of running an NGO. Two days out of…

Lauren Jackson: New York, New York – Blog #1

Technically, I am a domestic CGH scholar. But every day, I leave the United States to go to work. As a United Nations intern, I work in the UN Secretariat located in New York — located on grounds controlled by international sovereignty, not the United States. As US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power has…

Kelly McCain: Limpopo, South Africa – Blog #2

11 July 2016: I have been taking a lot of photos of my time here in Limpopo, South Africa, both of fun adventures we have gone on, and also of the work we have been doing. Here is a chronicle of my experiences so far this summer! This photo is of a road in Dzimauli,…