July 13, 2012
Author: Babar Khan
Where do i start, this trip has been truly phenomenal, the people the culture and especially the work was extremely rewarding. I was with the vector control group and working with these dedicated health inspectors was inspiring. They are overworked, under paid and under staffed, but they take so much pride in what they do. This video that i am sharing is actually of one the health inspectors showing us the larvae of the anopheles mosquito which is the vector that transmits malaria. This was at a farm that we visited where there numerous health violations. Enjoy me muchachos and muchacheez!!
More about the MPH Panama Practicum
A group of 15 University of Southern California graduate students are researching public health in Panama City, Panama, for a two-week international practicum, organized by the USC Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The students have been divided into three groups to work on maternal and child health, vaccination, environmental infectious diseases, nutrition and physical activity.
One group will be surveying patients about the healthcare system at a local clinic and proposing interventions to improve vaccination, infant development and women’s health. Another group will be in the field responding to outbreaks of environmentally spread infectious diseases and working to control common vectors such as mosquitoes. The last group will be calculating body mass index measurements for elementary school students and developing methods to improve nutrition and exercise within the school.
During their trip, the students will also be attending lectures on Panama’s healthcare system and statistics as well as visiting a remote indigenous tribe. Before leaving Panama, each student will be providing a deliverable that is intended to improve health in Panama.
These blog posts have been re-posted here with permission and can also be viewed at panama.usc.edu.