Category: Global Health Studies

The many hats of Usha Periyanayagam

This past year, Usha Periyanayagam has been all over the map. She’s been to Karachi, Pakistan (twice), South Sudan, Boston. She’s worked as a consultant, a teacher of sorts, a medical care worker and an engineer. Believe it or not, her work does have a common thread. Periyanayagam has put on these different hats and

Patience and perseverance in global health initiatives

Sitting and listening to the closing keynote speaker for the GlobeMed Summit on April 5, I started to reflect on the journey that had led up to that point. At the beginning of the year, I applied and interviewed for the position of Summit Content Co-Coordinator, a role that entailed developing themes and ideas for

Why do certain global health initiatives receive more attention than others?

We have all heard about HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. We have all encountered global health organizations, political agendas, and awareness movements surrounding these and other prominent global health issues. But what about other global health initiatives for polio, obstetric fistulas, pneumococcal diseases, or diarrhea? Though all of these issues are addressed within the global health

Working on a project that matters where it matters most

This post was originally published on International Program Development’s NU in South Africa blog. Blogger Sarah Uttal is wrapping up her time in South Africa on IPD’s Global Healthcare Technologies program at the University of Cape Town and reflects on how her group’s work had an immediate positive impact on a primary care facility in

Seeking sustainable solutions abroad during med school

Last year, Joseph Brown was working in a tiny emergency room with a single lamp—a lamp he said received electricity about 80 percent of the time. He treated malnutrition, the affects of polio, back pain and wounds from bull goring. After taking a year off from medical school to volunteer in Peru, Brown is encouraging