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. I have…

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. This was followed by a week of visiting with other organizations in global health, allowing us to have a more personal insight into the realities of a career in the…

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.To have the opportunity to see global diplomacy in action was humbling and I was honored to to be there. This…

What does “multisectoral” really mean?

Visiting the different organizations this week has been a tremendously rewarding experience and really solidified my learning from last week.While the World Health Assembly focused more on setting goals, making promises, and ensuring accountability for government action, the distinct organizations focused on how these goals, promises, and accountability measures will be implemented at the country…

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…

It Takes a Village

Imagine the amount of space you have in an airplane seat. Now imagine yourself frantically scribbling knowledge about the health workforce and its implications for the global economy without a table. Meanwhile, a delegate from South Africa with twice the years of wisdom as you has kindly shared his earpiece with you to listen to…

Have a positive impact on everyone you meet

The 69th World Health Assembly has been inspiring on so many levels. As a public health student with a health policy concentration and no direct experience in global health I was skeptical about so many things at first. Could I keep up? Could global health really be more exciting? Would I take anything away from…