Category: Human Rights

Sexual Violence in Kenyan Slums

While working in a rural hospital and community health organizations in Mutomo and Nairobi, Kenya through “Team Mutomo”*, a group formed at my high school in Minnesota, I was able to visit Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. After talking with the people there, I realized just how dangerous slum life can be. Of course, I had

Rethinking Mental Healthcare

This quarter I am enrolled in Refugee & Immigrant Health, a core class in the global health department taught by Bechara Choucair. The class discusses a wide range of topics related to the health challenges of these population groups including infectious disease, access to care, and mental health. Last week Mary Fabri, a trauma &

Western Misconceptions Regarding Female Genital Cutting

I took a class last Spring titled Global Bioethics, in which we discussed controversial health topics and their ethical implications. What I found most fascinating was the topic of female genital cutting, or FGC. Although it was something I had only briefly heard about before, what I knew about FGC led me to believe it