From October, 2011

Government Care and Treatment Services in Central Asia

By Cho-Yau Ling, MPH ’12 in Health Policy and Management I am more than halfway through my internship with ICAP in Central Asia. I continue to assist with the baseline assessment of government care and treatment services in Central Asia. I just returned from an assessment visit in Chuy Oblast in Kyrgyzstan, where I helped the Kyrgyz team with their medical chart review. It was interesting to discover the differences in HIV treatment services in Kazakhstan and in Kyrgyzstan. One major difference is how treatment services are structured and financed at the local level. In Kazakhstan, most of the services, such…

Focus Groups with Women: Things Left Unsaid

By Ksenia Varlyguina, MPH ’12 in Population and Family Health I started focus groups with contraceptive users yesterday. It’s been providers-only before, gathering data in Bogotá. Women, contraceptive users, clients – whatever you call them, are completely different. Their stories get into your heart, their words are less precise, their qualms don’t fit into charts and tables. It’s draining. I had two groups today, maybe that’s why I want to crawl into bed and eat Rocky Road ice cream with potato chips. For a week. While watching bad TV. Maybe it’s because I had a million things I wanted to tell them, clarify,…