The Time is Now: Think Global, Act Local

When your field is global health, and you are twenty-something years old, it’s hard to know where to start get your hands dirty in global issues from the comfort of Los Angeles.

Kawempe Acute Care Ward in Kampala, Uganda

Drs. Okello and Samuel traveled by transport van provided by Mulago Hospital to our new assignment at Kawempe Hospital, which is also a national referral hospital, located approximately 30 minutes from Mulago Hospital.

Caregiver Becomes Patient

Well, it was bound to happen, Africa has broken my mzungu (Swahili for “foreigner”) immune system and I have held out as long as I could but had to seek some medical treatment for my gastrointestinal and now upper respiratory infections. Being the person that always thinks zebras instead of horses, I convinced myself that…

Child Malnutrition Unit at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda

Greetings from Kampala, Uganda! My name is Laura Anne Salm and I am a Master of Public Health candidate in the global health leadership track at the Keck School of Medicine USC. Over the next month, I will be doing a clerkship at Mulago Hospital, which is affiliated with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

A Panamanian Passage: The Ups and Downs of International Field Work

Panama – a country blessed with its geography. If there was a nation born with a silver spoon in its mouth, this was it. The isthmus is strategically located connecting North and South America. The lower saddle of the isthmus is narrow enough that the canal was engineered to bridge the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Now…

An Insightful Experience

These past two weeks have been enlightening. We were able to experience the cooperation between countries and organizations, working towards common goals at the WHA.

Global Health, Refugees and Humanitarian Diplomacy

We are reaching the end of our two week adventure in Geneva, and I find myself reflecting on the multitude of events and agencies visited. Attending the World Health Assembly was truly an incredible experience.

Making a Global Impact

The Global Fund is a public-private partnership that was founded in 2002. To my surprise the Global Fund is simply a financing organization that does not implement ground level initiatives and fieldwork. The three core principles of the Global Fund include: Country Ownership: individual countries have the complete decision-making power to decide which priorities are most…

Bettering health…through finances?

Attending the 69th World Health Assembly has been an eye opening experience. We all knew it was going to be an overwhelming amount of information, but I don’t think any of us anticipated for this event to be so packed. In every room that I sat, every other person was an expert on multiple topics…

A Week of New Experiences at the 69th WHA

This past week at the 69th World Health Assembly has been a whirlwind of emotions. From excitement while waiting in the security line to enter the UN, to sitting in awe in the NGO seating area listening to the opening statements. I have had the opportunity to meet the most amazing people who have done…