Tagged Cho-Yau Ling

Crash Course on Clinical Management of HIV in Central Asia

By Cho-Yau Ling, MPH ’12 in Health Policy and Management I am doing well in Almaty, though I can’t say I’ve been here much in the past month. I have been traveling with the data collection team to conduct our baseline assessment of care and treatment services in Central Asia. In the past month, I have been to six sites with the Kazakhstan team and one with the Kyrgyzstan team near Bishkek. Each trip has been eye-opening for us as we try to understand the care and treatment system in Central Asia. I wrote about this in previous updates, but the…

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…

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…