Nĭ hăo and Adiós: Lifeguarding in China and Nicaragua

This past April, I had the unique opportunity to work as part of back-to-back project teams for the International Lifesaving Association (ISLA) to China and Nicaragua. The projects took me across two completely different continents, time zones, climates, languages and cultures. Amongst the clashing differences between these two communities and my own, we remain united…

Keeping in Touch in Malawi

For the last 8 months, I’ve been running a study using data from Malawi to help explore the effectiveness of global aid. Funding from the Breman Family Fellowship and support from the Institute of Global Health have been key in allowing this research to continue. In July 2017, I traveled with another first-year medical student…

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…

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.