Author: Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory

Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory is a Master’s Candidate at the Medill School of Journalism studying health & science reporting. A cancer-researcher-turned-multimedia-journalist, her passion for global health writing is propelled by a desire to use words to remedy the domestic and international health and human rights disparities she saw in the midst of her everyday life, work and travels. She is also a magazine editor and poet.

Illinois sparking a refugee health care revolution

(BY: JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORY & KIRSTIN FAWCETT VIA MEDILL REPORTS – CHICAGO) A movement spreading across Illinois is creating a health care revolution for refugees from countries including Burma, Bhutan and Iraq. For them, a health care safety net is forming in small towns and big cities, alike, where health professionals with a passion for improving

The battle against malaria in Africa: A fight for a million kids’ lives

(MEDILL REPORTS – CHICAGO)

Charles Llewellyn survived the frontlines of an ongoing war.

Though the enemy is of microscopic proportions, total victory is yet to come.

But Llewellyn warns that if global prevention efforts cease, malaria-carrying mosquitoes would surge to pre-intervention levels and that could cost the lives of a million African children each year. The former Foreign Health Service Officer spoke at Northwestern University on Wednesday about “Malaria and Public Health in Africa, Reflections on a Career with USAID.”