Tagged HIV/AIDS care and treatment

A Report from the International AIDS Conference 2012: Sex Workers’ Freedom Festival

By Megan Schmidt-Sane, MPH ’13 in Sociomedical Sciences I landed in Kolkata, India amid the heat and humidity of the July monsoons. Over the years, India has become a second home of sorts, and I feel more comfortable among the chaos and colors and smells of my father’s country than anywhere else. India has a singular perfume – redolent of spices, car exhaust, and millions of people baking in the heat. At the risk of sounding positively clichéd, India truly does assault the senses, and this is particularly true in Kolkata. After college, I spent nearly three years abroad in India and…

Strength and Sustainability: A Look at Cote d’Ivoire’s Health System

Jordan Hacker, MPH ’11 in Health Policy and Management On October 31, 2010 Cote d’Ivoire held its first presidential election in ten years. After years of civil war and subsequent economic deterioration, the elections are the start of a new era for Cote d’Ivoire. The new future, as convincingly described by the presidential candidates, includes a stronger economy, wider access to education and improved health systems.When I asked the teenagers who were exuberantly dancing to Beyoncé in a political campaign outside my office what they thought of these candidates’ promises, they all agreed: they are optimistic, but possible. The argument over…

The Commute Uphill

By Chris Beattie, MPH in Sociomedical Sciences Each day here in Kigali begins, invariably, with a walk uphill.  Rwanda has the nickname “Le Pays de Milles Collines” (the land of a thousand hills) for a reason.  Those thousand hills are packed into an area the size of Vermont, along with almost 10 million people, making it the most densely populated country in Africa.  It is an extraordinarily beautiful place, one that has made great strides in overcoming its extraordinarily ugly recent history – the 1994 genocide that left close to a million people dead. In the intervening sixteen years, Rwanda…