From August, 2011

My Orientation- Working with and for Women in Bogotá

By Ksenia Varlyguina, MPH ’12 in Population and Family Health One of my favorite ways to pass the time on public transportation is to look at everyone’s noses. Pick a body part in a crowded place and notice how everyone’s is similar but individual, a symphony of genetic variety. In the first week of my practicum I learned that the same is true for vaginas. I spent 49 hours observing 12 pelvic exams, 6 counseling sessions, 3 procedures, 2 Pap smears. I have a renewed reverence for vaginas. They can accomplish things no other organ can! They’re amazing. Each one’s different,…

First Step in Planning An Intervention: Get to Know the Culture

By Molly Lopez, MPH ’12 in Population and Family Health The first thing that struck me as I walked into the Centro Especializado de Atención de Salud Juan XXIII was the sheer number of patients lining the narrow white hallways and spilling out from the waiting rooms. The doctor I would be working with had told me that patients arrived at the public clinic well before appointments began, but the density of the crowds still surprised me. With appointments costing just 25 pesos (less than a dollar), the clinic draws many residents of Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican…

Getting Started at the Millennium Villages Project

By Anca Giurgiulescu, MPH ’12 in Sociomedical Sciences I’ve been settling in Louga, the small city where I am based for my summer global health internship. With every day, the rhythm of work, living, and social interactions is becoming more familiar. I lucked out from the beginning. Upon arrival after a 3.5 hour car ride, I was originally dropped off into a chambre de passage across the street from the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) office – a temporary room where I could stay for a couple of nights while I looked for a more stable housing arrangement – and then I…

Between Projects: A True Vacation in Dakar

By Anca Giurgiulescu, MPH ’12 in Sociomedical Sciences School ended for the semester sometime mid-May, but it never did feel like vacation for the month and a half after classes were over and the start of my global health internship in Senegal. I continued to work 20 hours a week for my neighborhood transportation, safety, and health survey project at Transportation Alternatives, wrapping up a four-month research project, while also taking care of logistics for the trip to Senegal, finding a new apartment and other things. Coming to Senegal would thus encompass a summer vacation and another public health work experience for…

Then and Now: A Former Peace Corps Volunteer Returns to Work in Central Asia

By Cho-Yau Ling, MPH ’12 in Health Policy and Management I am one month into my practicum with ICAP in Central Asia and I’m enjoying Kazakhstan immensely. The city of Almaty has changed significantly from when I was here as a Peace Corps volunteer two years ago. Due to the city’s burgeoning middle class, European-style cafes and luxury stores have popped up all over the city. The variety of restaurants, from Italian to Chinese, has also increased since I was here. For me, it’s been a strange change of lifestyle from the time I used to eat 20-cent street food outside…