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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…

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…