Category: Women’s Health

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

An undergrad’s unforgettable experience: Attending the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting

Northwestern undergrad Emily Smith (Biological Sciences, Gender Studies and Global Health, WCAS 2014) got to present her summer research findings on lesbian and bisexual women’s access to healthcare in Capetown, South Africa at APHA’s Annual Meeting. She wrote about her experience for the Global Health Portal: Last summer I had the opportunity to spend a

The Prepared Mind: Reflections on Project RISHI’s Summer in Charnia

Recently, the Global Health Portal spoke to members of Project RISHI (Varshini Cherukupalli, Chintan Pathak, Devashish Singal, Akansha Singh, and Pooja Avula) who spent their summer in Charnia, Haryana studying the effect of community health worker systems in encouraging adherence and reducing the prevalence of anemia in Charnia.  Tell us about your project.  What inspired your

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