Final takeaways from last week at icddr,b

I am beyond grateful for this experience at icddr,b and believe it has been extremely influential towards my future career. I pursued this Master’s degree in order to help me narrow my research focus. When I started this degree, I knew I wanted to do public health research and decided to concentrate in maternal and…

Fresh Eyes, Curious Mind – Last week

I spent this last week putting all the pieces together and presenting my findings to the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Health. Despite the short amount of time, I believe I did a complete evaluation within the scope we defined. I was able to build upon the data analysis I performed in week…

The Bittersweet Ending of my First Trip to Africa|COMONETH|4|Janella Kang

Janella Kang, SM2 – Global Health and Population January 24th, 2020 COMONETH by Makerere University Iganga, Uganda   The amount of knowledge I’ve gained through the past 3 weeks is quite amazing. From simply learning the health system and care Iganga has from being fully immersed in the Ugandan culture. One of the key takeaways…

Learning more about post-abortion care in Bangladesh

Over the past two weeks I’ve developed a draft of a paper on contraception discontinuation and switching in Matlab, Bangladesh. The literature review for the background and the methods section were the simpler parts of the draft writing, but one of the major challenges was the data analysis. The data analysis was started over a…

Deriving Lessons from the Less-Obvious|3| Jenna Sherman

It is genuinely shocking that I’m already at the cusp of entering into my final week here. Both traveling and becoming familiar with a place do something interesting to one’s sense of time, respectively. The former — from my personal perspective and with some exceptions — tends to slow time down. Novel sights, sounds, smells,…

Wearing many hats, Somaliland | Edna Adan Hospital |3|Valentina Vargas

The hospital is starting to feel more like home everyday! A staff member even complimented how I wrapped my hijab saying that I looked from Somaliland.  This week I had the opportunity to eat authentic Ethiopian food with some of my colleagues and I also went to the camel market with Selanne and Derrel. (pictures below) In regard…

Finally, Nshima | Week 2 in Zambia | Rebecca Youngerman

Feeling more settled into my environment and routine caused this week to go all too quickly. During my first weekend I spent the day at a mall on Saturday, which I was told is “very Lusaka of me”. The plans for an outdoor market got rained out, but I still got to meet up with…