MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Visiting with the Vector Group

Sharon Ravanzo

July 17, 2013

The clinic group was able to finish all necessary interviews on Monday, so on Tuesday I was able to join the vector group to see what they do in the field. It was an incredible change from staying indoors at the health center. The day was dynamic and were never quite sure what could happen. First, we visited a farm and saw the trash that can accumulate in a river from people dumping carelessly upstream. Then we visited two local convenient stores and inspected their compliance with health regulations. It was appalling to see how dirty the environment was and the disregard for cleanliness when handling food products. The health inspectors that we were shadowing fined the store owners for various discrepancies. Lastly, we were able to visit a small community with suspected cases of dengue. We each took turns fumigating the vicinity to eliminate any potential carriers of disease. It was a lot of fun!

Hard at work fumigating 🙂

Later that night we were invited to a reception held by Dr. Guy. It was a pleasure to meet her and discuss her passion to work with the deaf and hard of hearing communities. We were treated to authentic Panamanian food and live music. It was held on a rooftop and the view was incredible.

Incredible rooftop view at dinner!


About the MPH Panama Practicum

A group of 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. This post was excerpted from panama.usc.eduView all posts in this series »
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