Why I watched live births in Vietnam

As a Master of Public Health student at USC, I am concentrating my public health studies on Global Health Leadership. I have always had an interest in global affairs with an eye toward international development and humanitarian relief work so this major for me is a natural fit. What I like about the global health…

We’re a long way from Ulaanbaatar: Rural Clinics in Mongolia

  One aspect I especially appreciate about global health is having the chance to learn about different health care systems. It is fascinating to compare one country’s health care infrastructure to ours in the U.S, learning about unique strengths and identifying opportunities for growth. I had the privilege of visiting several hospitals in the various…

Same Destination, New Perspective: Travels through Vietnam

At the time of writing this, I am sitting in the Hanoi airport en route to Da Nang, a beach city in central Vietnam. I’m feeling pretty exhausted – after working all week with Family Health International, another intern and I decided to check out the famous “Beer Street” in Hanoi last night. There are…

III. Apwoyo Matek

By the end of the week, I had worked closely with over 50 girls and provided kits to make reusable pads to over 200 more. They had shared the most intimate part of their lives with me and I could only empathize with a fraction of their struggle.

II. The Freedom to Choose

As our bus approached the school every morning, we were greeted by a crowd of kids bouncing with excitement, shouting ‘mono’ or ‘mzungu’ with big smiles on their faces. It wasn’t long before we figured out that this meant ‘white person’ in Swahili. The first person to step off the bus was usually tackled with…

I. Namaganda

I have delayed writing this blog post for the past two weeks, diverting my energy instead into packing up five years of life in Los Angeles and at USC, and saying goodbye to friends and professors before I embark upon my next adventure. In all honesty though, my reasons for delaying this blog post have…

Sano (hello) from Mongolia!

Hi, my name is Divya, and I just completed my first year of medical school at Keck School of Medicine, USC.