Joyce Banda Foundation | 4 | Malawi | Michelle Olakkengil

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Malawi—getting to work with the Joyce Banda Foundation to assess the needs of women, village chiefs, advisory committees, and clinics has been an eye-opening and informative experience. It was also an honor to meet the former president and founder, Joyce Banda herself. Hearing her personal stories related to…

“I am sick.” – Violette Perrotte – Malawi – 4

Our last week in Malawi was very eventful. After interviewing pregnant women, clinic providers, and village chiefs, we concluded our final round of interviews with HIV-positive patients and a Hospital Advisory Committee, which acts as a mediator between patients and hospital administration. We have gathered enough data to make recommendations to the Joyce Banda Foundation,…

icddr,b | Dhaka, Bangladesh by Aniqa Hassan

This past month has gone by so quickly. Today was my last day in the office and it felt surreal. The streets of Dhaka are constantly in motion – well to clarify the people are moving, the cars are often stuck in traffic but even then there’s someone hustling to sell something during this pauses….

One Heart Worldwide | 4 | Nepal | Dorit Stein

Although I am always thinking about next steps in my life, these thoughts are more at the front of my head these days. I graduate this May from my Master of Science program, which means in four months I will be forced to move forward. The 18 months I spent in Boston were the longest…

Edna Adan University Hospital- Hargeisa, Somaliland |4| Rachel Applewhite

Today is my last day in Hargeisa but we started our goodbyes last night with a dinner celebration with some of the Edna Adan staff and visiting volunteers. Today, even on their day off, some of the doctors who I’ve built relationships with stopped by the hospital for final goodbyes. We successfully surveyed 155 midwives…

University of Jordan | Amman, Jordan | 4 | Meghan Ingerick

In my last week at the University of Jordan, students and faculty returned to campus to begin their second semester, buzzing with the energy that accompanies the promise of a fresh start. I felt the urge to bottle it and take it home with me, as I prepare for my own spring semester. Picking up…

Ministry of Economy and Finance|Lima, Peru|4|by Amanda Gutierrez

My third and final week in Peru was been busy. Back in Lima, I’ve been coding and analyzing the interviews I conducted last week in the Amazonas region for our case study on adolescent pregnancy and family planning. This week I was able to code half of the interviews and will continue coding and analyzing…