Tagged Africa

The Ebola Challenge: With The People’s First Event

by Erika Eitland, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, MPH 15′ Devastated by civil wars, the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone already struggled to balance on fragile healthcare systems and were not prepared to take on the debilitating consequences of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. We can say that part of…

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Life Lessons Learned: Research with ICAP in Swaziland

by Loxley Bennett, 2015 ICAP Swaziland HIV/AIDS Research Fellow, Columbia University Neuroscience & Behavior ’15. This post was published in collaboration with ICAP.   Going into the summer with ICAP, I expected to learn about global health and the tools used to conduct medical research, but that hardly describes my summer in Swaziland. These experiences…

Behind the Alphabet Soup: Addressing Swaziland’s Number One Killer

I have to warn you, there are a lot of acronyms in this post. I could probably string together a sentence composed of three-letter acronyms to describe it.  So here we go: Link4Health (L4H) is a combination strategy to approaching HIV treatment here in Swaziland. It’s a two-arm program, which means that people will be randomly…

A Brief Introduction: HIV Research in Swaziland

by Loxley Denzil Christopher Bennett II, Columbia College Senior majoring in neuroscience & behavior For the past few weeks, I have been working with ICAP.  Although the organization is only 10 years old, it has played an instrumental role in global health, particularly in scaling up HIV prevention and care by working with institutions in sub-Saharan…

One Clown’s Calling to Public Health

I found myself lying on my back in the middle of a dirt road in rural Chiapas, Mexico one day in 2002. I was wearing a beaten up Russian rabbit fur hat, short red checkered shorts, an over-sized tuxedo jacket with tails and shoes three times my size—oh yes, and a red nose.  My acrobatic…