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. Advertisements

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.

Securing Justice for Sexual Violence Victims Through Advocacy

Advocating in Kisumu County When I was asked to travel with KELIN to Kisumu County after helping to develop training for lawyers, I was beyond thrilled, but also a little intimidated. We would be flying from Nairobi to Kisumu to educate lawyers on the prevalence of sexual violence and increase in new HIV infections. I…

Jambo, Karibu Kenya!

  My name is Lauren Jackson and I have decided to make Kenya my second home this summer. I came to Nairobi in order to complete my practicum and fellowship. Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya, with a population of nearly 6.5 million. Nairobi is also home to the only national park…

Tires: The perfect breeding ground

One of the themes of my trip to Panama was used tires. Everywhere I went there were tires littering the sides of the roads or haphazardly stacked up by houses. I started pointing them out to our bus full of students and pretty soon they were calling them out to me too and laughing with…

Panama 2017

Hola from Panama! As a I write this I only have three hours before my drive to the airport to go back home. This trip has been amazing- I am sad to leave but also so fortunate to have all these new experiences. Two weeks ago 9 USC MPH student with a wide variety of…

The 70th World Health Assembly

Four ripped tights, two coffee stained blouses, and forty-some espresso shots later, the 70th World Health Assembly would turn out to be one of the best experiences of my life.

A lesson in collaboration

I entered USC’s Master of Public Health program with the dream of promoting health equity through the development of innovative, low-cost solutions.  I was excited by the opportunity to use creativity as a tool for uncovering low-tech mechanisms to bring about positive change at a community level. As a student, it is so hard to…

Fa’a Samoa

Talofa! My name is Bita Minaravesh and I am in my final semester of the global health leadership track of the Master of Public Health program at USC. After eight short weeks in Apia, Samoa, I have completed my practicum at the Ministry of Health and can now add working in a government organization overseas…