Author: Mary Poliwka

Mary Poliwka currently works as the Global Health Program Assistant for the Office of International Program Development (IPD) at Northwestern University. Mary discovered her passion for public health and international development when studying abroad on IPD programs in Uganda and Brazil.

People have so much more to offer than material goods

The Global Health Portal recently spoke with three Northwestern undergraduates who received a John & Martha Mabie Fellowship for Public Health Research and got to spend their summer at a rural clinic in Bolivia. Roshni Bhatnagar WCAS/HPME 2014 Major: Psychology, Minor: Economics Saya Jacob WCAS/HPME 2014 Major: Economics, Minor: Spanish Marie Donaldson WCAS/HPME 2015 Major:

The emergency caesarean section transport system at Meru District Hospital

Maternal health services video blog from the field: Tanzania, 2013 This film documents the process behind patient transportation for emergency maternal health services at Meru District Hospital near Arusha, Tanzania. Due to resource shortages and lacking infrastructure, women needing an emergency caesarean section must often wait for precious minutes while the staff search the entire

Nipo hapa / I am here: Coping with suffering in Usa Village, Tanzania

This past Tuesday, there was a large crowd gathering around the minor theater, or emergency room, at the local hospital. We quickly headed over to see if assistance was needed in the ward. Professor Sullivan peaked her head around the entryway and immediately turned to me with alarm on her face.  “Do not go in

The value of bursting development bubbles in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Last week, Professor Sullivan and I flew to Dar es Salaam. I expected a city like Kampala, with busy markets, office buildings here and there, small local shops and perhaps a mzungu shopping center. A city with different corners, yes, but one with a specific flavor that was already close to home (due to my

Karibu Tanzania – Welcome to Tanzania (Week1)

When I stepped off the plane at Kilimanjaro Airport, the familiarity of the air hit me immediately. I breathed in freshness, smoke, humidity, earth. The air is distinctive and raw, and I felt happy.  I am back in this place of simplicity and yet overwhelming complexity, a world that never ceases to fascinate me. I